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Myths about Constipation

Myth:
It is necessary to have bowel movements every day.

Fact:
Frequency of bowel movements varies from person to person. Most of them have a bowel movement once every day. However, a few days without the movement cannot be considered as constipation.


Myth:
Constipation builds toxins in the body leading to colon cancer or arthritis or asthma.

Fact:
There is no evidence that constipation causes toxicity.


Myth:
Increased fiber intake is the definitive solution for constipation.

Fact:
Chronic constipation which can occur due to obstruction to the passage of stool, abnormal thyroid functioning or Parkinson’s disease or certain muscle or nerve problem, etc. needs the consultation of a doctor.


Myth:
It is fine to hold bowel movement for some time.

Fact:
People with a busy schedule regularly ignore the bowel movement and postpone it for some time. But, holding it can aggravate constipation over time.


Myth:
Constipation is a problem of the elderly population.

Fact:
Although older people have higher chances of getting constipated due to their medical conditions, it is not only restricted to this age group. Constipation is common to all age groups, during pregnancy and after delivery or after surgery.