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What Else Can Lead to Constipation?

Bedrest and Lack of Exercise

Lack of exercise or long periods in bed, such as after an accident or illness, may also lead to constipation. Doctors sometimes suggest medicine for people who stay in bed and suffer from chronic constipation. But being more active, when possible, is best.

Ignoring the Urge

People can also become constipated if they ignore their natural urge to have a bowel movement. Some people prefer to have bowel movements only at home. But holding in a bowel movement can be a constipation cause if the delay is too long.

Medical Conditions

In some people, disorders or a blockage of the intestines may result in constipation. These disorders may affect the muscles or nerves responsible for normal bowel movements. A doctor can perform tests to see if a problem like this is the constipation's cause. If so, the problem can often be treated.
(Click on Causes of Constipation for more information about constipation causes.)

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