Harvard Women's Health Watch

Coming to terms with constipation

There are several remedies for this common symptom, which is rarely a sign of serious illness. Constipation affects women more than men and is more likely to occur at certain times, including pregnancy and in the days preceding menstruation, and becomes increasingly common after menopause. While constipation can cause discomfort and anxiety, it is usually not a symptom of a serious condition. However, it can often be difficult to determine just why…

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