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Types of Constipation

It is important to understand the nature of constipation because people experience different forms of it and the treatment varies accordingly.

  • Acute constipation is a temporary and sudden reaction to a cause or an incident. Any change in your lifestyle such as going out for holidays, or during pregnancy or due to certain medications can lead to acute constipation. Your body returns to the normal rhythm within a few days.
  • Chronic constipation is an ongoing, long-term difficulty with a bowel movement. Constipation in which there are three or less than three bowel movements per week for more than three months is considered as chronic constipation. Old age, long-term treatment of some diseases or illnesses can lead to chronic constipation.

If acute constipation is not treated on time, it can harden the stools and lead to chronic constipation. This can increase the risk of serious complications such as:

  • Hemorrhoids caused by extreme straining.
  • Anal fissures caused by hard stools stretching the sphincters. Fissures are very painful and can aggravate constipation which caused it.
  • Bleeding in the form of bright red streaks on stools may occur due to severe straining or stretching the sphincters.
  • Fecal impactions can occur in older adults and very young children. It may lead to lose control over stools.
  • Rectal prolapse can occasionally occur due to straining. It involves the pushing out of intestinal lining from the rectal opening which can lead to mucus secretion and can stain the underpants.
  • Other complications include urological disorders, fecal incontinence, and colonic conditions.