Constipation is persistent infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stool. Whilst it is normal to experience occasional constipation, chronic constipation can have negative impact on a person’s lifestyle.

Chronic constipation may be caused by:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Anal fissure
  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectocele
  • Muscle/nerve damage as well as hormonal imbalances.

Factors that may increase the risk of chronic constipation include:

  • Age
  • Being a woman
  • Having a low fibre diet
  • Dehydration
  • Low physical activity
  • Having mental illnesses and/or eating disorders
  • Taking certain medication
  • Particularly pain killers (sedatives, narcotics, blood pressure medication and others).


If you are concerned that constipation is affecting your lifestyle seek advice from your GP and ask to be referred to the Mater Private Pelvic Health Clinic.