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Why do women suffer constipation more often than men?

Why do women suffer constipation more often than men?

Constipation: Women tend to have a wider pelvis and a shorter trunk than men. They also have a more complex hormonal cycle, and give birth.
They also experience menopause, which drastically alters their hormone cycle.
So their anatomy, physiology predisposes women to have more problems with a redundant, floppy colon, outlet obstruction, and pelvic floor disorders. ...Read more

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Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


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45 years old man suffers from constipation n rectal bleeding approx 8 9 drops. After stool. On usg there is rectal wall thickening. Wht is probable dx?

45 years old man suffers from constipation n rectal bleeding approx 8 9 drops. After stool. On usg there is rectal wall thickening. Wht is probable dx?

Rectal wall thickeni: Hope usg means ultra sonogram. 45 y m with rectal bleed, constipation and rectal wall thickening needs lab cea, ct scan, colonoscopy with biopsy to r/o proctitis, u. Colitis. Crohn's disease and cancer. See your doctor. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 35 y.o men. For the 4 last day I've had constipation and my urine is much darker color. I feel weaker, and has problem with gas bloating.

Hi, I am 35 y.o men. For the 4 last day I've had constipation and my urine is much darker color. I feel weaker, and has problem with gas bloating.

Hydration: Proper hydration is critical, providing no other medical issues. Urine color may be used with the goal as being clear to light yellow. That will definitely help with the constipation also. If, in spite of increasing your water intake, you still experience a tendency to constipation please mention it to your doctor, since further work up might be needed. ...Read more

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Celiac disease and 61 year old. Constipation and "apple fat" in abdominal like in men often. Can she use lactulose 15 ml?

Celiac disease and 61 year old. Constipation and "apple fat" in abdominal like in men often. Can she use lactulose 15 ml?

Yes: Lactulose does not contain gluten but may not be the best approach to solve her constipation problem. More fiber and physical activities may work better in the long run. See a GI doctor if this is a persistent issue. ...Read more

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I'm 38 year old fml (fluorometholone). having cramping back pain constipation gas bloating nausea possible hemorrhoids. Last day of mens cycle was yesterday. No sex.

I'm 38 year old fml (fluorometholone). having cramping back pain constipation gas bloating nausea possible hemorrhoids. Last day of mens cycle was yesterday. No sex.

Bloating/ gas/ pain: May be food intolerances, record what occurs when eat dairy, gluten soy, or try no dairy x 1 wk, then no gluten x 1 week then no soy x 1 week, Constipation-even w/ BM can cause pain and gas, try Gas-x 1 before meals & milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 1 tablespoon 2x/day x 4, Check stool guiac, reflux, h pylori, vaginitis (mycoplasma even w/o sex), and ultrasound of gallbladder/ ovaries. F/u w/doc ...Read more

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I suffer with constipation. What can I do?

I suffer with constipation. What can I do?

Change diet.: Constipation is often associated with poor diet and lack of exercise. A diet high in fiber and rich in fruits and vegetables is important. It is also important to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily and get regular aerobic exercise. A good probiotic to help replenish good gut bacteria is also beneficial for digestive health. If with these changes constipation is problematic, seek medical help. ...Read more

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I suffer from constipation what should it do? It really disturbs me.

I suffer from constipation what should it do? It really disturbs me.

Get it evaluated: First of all, make sure that are no other causes for it. I would suggest you discuss this with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

I frequently suffer from constipation. Is this a sign of something more serious?

Depends: Constipation is common. A person's diet, activity, physical and emotional well being can all have an affect on the digestive tract. There is also variation of what is "normal" and it is not "necessary" to go everyday. Red flags include age over 50, bleeding, family history of colon cancer and abdominal pain that is severe. ...Read more

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A woman delivered from 3 months. And from that time till now she is suffering from constipation.! what is the solution?

A woman delivered from 3 months. And from that time till now she is suffering from constipation.! what is the solution?

Use Usual Physiology: Age & many other issues important, yet not stated. If constipation belief correct, ensure not dehydrated, increase intake of materials poorly digested, not absorbed & bind water; e.g. Soluble fiber, dried prunes (have some sugars we cannot digest), enough to work and especially dramatically increase physical activity, walking, running, etc., again enough to work. ...Read more

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Hi. My son is 2 and recently being the last 2 or 3 months he regularly suffers from constipation. Every week basically. What can I do to help?

Hi. My son is 2 and recently being the last 2 or 3 months he regularly suffers from constipation. Every week basically. What can I do to help?

Constipation: Holding in toddlers is common and so is constipation.
Limiting milk to 16 ops/d is good and you can give a baby glycerin supp if no stopping x 2 days or pain, or
mineral oil 2 tsp at bedtime. More prune juice, Reduce starches also:
rice, noodles, pudding, potatoes. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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Why do diabetic people suffer from constipation?

Why do diabetic people suffer from constipation?

Most likely: Hi. Let's assume you're talking about type 2 diabetes, the most common type and the one related to unhealthy lifestyle. Americans eat terribly. Whole grains replaced by white flour. Fruits & veggies replaced by junk food. Way less fiber in diet = constipation. Live healthy. Increase fiber & drink plenty of fluids. If constipation persists, see your doctor. You might have a medical reason for const ...Read more

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I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

Fiber and water: Drink more water and eat more fiber, or add metamucil or similar fiber supplement. If getting worse see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why do gastroparesis patients often suffer from constipation?

Why do gastroparesis patients often suffer from constipation?

Same mechanism: The whole GI system is slow, involving stomach and bowel.

Discuss with your doc why and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Will I always be suffer from constipation during my pregnancy?

Possibly: During pregnancy it is very common to become constipated. Certain stool softeners are harmless and can be taken during pregnancy. Talk to your OB/GYN ...Read more

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My three year old suffer from constipation. What can I do?

My three year old suffer from constipation. What can I do?

Diet: Modify your child' s diet by increasing fruits and vegetables and decrease milk and milk products. Increase fiber with high fibered cereals, raisins, figs, dates prunes and nuts. ...Read more

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I have suffered from chronic constipation for five years now and I am only 18. Can someone help?

I have suffered from chronic constipation for five years now and I am only 18. Can someone help?

Not on here: You need to sit and discuss with a doctor. Not able to help something like this on this type of forum.

Consider starting with a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I am struggling with my weight at the moment but every time I go on a diet, I suffer from constipation. What can I do?

I am struggling with my weight at the moment but every time I go on a diet, I suffer from constipation. What can I do?

Quite a bit: Fiber can help your intestines hold on to enough fluid to keep your stool soft. Fiber also helps people feel full, and, since it isn't absorbed, adds no calories. Many fresh fruits & veggies, and whole grains are high in fiber. Drinking plenty of water will also help - aim for 2 liters per day while you're dieting. Finally exercise helps stimulate the bowels to keep things moving on the inside. ...Read more

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I have a 2year old son who now and then suffers from constipation he was hospitalised but nothing wrong it occurs now and then now, how can manage it?

I have a 2year old son who now and then suffers from constipation he was hospitalised but nothing wrong it occurs now and then now, how can manage it?

Stool retention: 2yo kids are busy explorers who like to do what they want & avoid doing what they don't. By 2 they have learned they can hold a poop. If they do, the delay allows the stool to bulk up & dry & cause pain with passage. I would find a developmental pediatrician or pedi-GI specialist to help you with a program to end this pattern. It can take up to a year but is easier to fix at 2 than at 12. ...Read more

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Hi. My 2 years daughter suffers from constipation, someties she‘s bleeding and it‘s hurts her. What should I do for her. Thanx.

Hi. My 2 years daughter suffers from constipation, someties she‘s bleeding and it‘s hurts her. What should I do for her. Thanx.

Make stools softer: Try to work on her diet if that is the issue. If she drinks a lot of milk try to taper to 16 oz. If she only eats a lot of carbohydrates try to have her eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Generally pears, plum, peaches, dark greens help make stools softer. Make sure she drinks a lot of fluids. ...Read more

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What may cause constipation or bladder prob after a comp hyster, I no #of people that it has happened2 I nobowelsbladder, female organs, caneffect1anoth?

What may cause constipation or bladder prob after a comp hyster, I no #of people that it has happened2 I nobowelsbladder, female organs, caneffect1anoth?

Nerve: There are pelvic nerve complexes that are in the region which control bladder. Constipation is entirely different. Likely this scenario is related to diet, and you should increase your vitamin c intake and reassess your dietary habits. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for anal fissures? I suffer from on and off constipation.

Cure constipation: The hard stool tears the delicate mucosa. Most constipation comes from lousy diet so try to eat only god made food and leave the "junk" alone, particularly all that sweet stuff, candy, sodas (evendiet) sugar, all the man-made junk that poses as "food"! ...Read more

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Why are pregnant women prone to heartburn, indigestion, constipation and haemorrhoids?

Why are pregnant women prone to heartburn, indigestion, constipation and haemorrhoids?

Fetus/uterus growth: Heartburn and indigestion are caused by the increasing abdominal pressure, due to the enlarging uterus. Hemorrhoids are caused by increased pelvic venous pressure - same cause. Not all pregnant women become constipated, but the fetal and uterine enlargement surely can lead to GI distress. I suggest a good diet and good hydration. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can colonoscopy help with faecal impaction or chronic constipation which someone has suffered for years?

Can colonoscopy help with faecal impaction or chronic constipation which someone has suffered for years?

Help diagnose: The prep for the scoping procedure will help clean you out, but the scoping procedure itself is more done for diagnostic purposes, best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

Depends on type: There are many types of Magnesium. Magnesiums that are poorly absorbed, like Mag oxide, help by acting as a laxative. But magnesium deficiency can also cause constipation and well-absorbed forms like mag taurate and glycinate help. I advise trying 400 mg/day of well-absorbed forms, and you can increase dose if that does not help. High doses are safe. See http://tinyurl. Com/m7oovm4
for details. ...Read more

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My 9 month old suffers from constipation and is on Lactrulose but it's not working? Would milk instead of formula help?

My 9 month old suffers from constipation and is on Lactrulose but it's not working? Would milk instead of formula help?

Constipation: Actually when you switch from formula to milk, I have found in general, that babies get more constipated. I like to use dark Karo syrup in the bottles and titrate to response. It is less expensive. If you do this, you need to stop the lactulose. Alternatively, call your doc and ask what to increase to on the lactulose. Obviously, add more fiber to the diet. ...Read more

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I suffer from constipation and have also a hard time flatulating. Endoscopy was recent done and no obstruction. I exercise and drink plenty of fluids?

I suffer from constipation and have also a hard time flatulating. Endoscopy was recent done and no obstruction. I exercise and drink plenty of fluids?

Constipation: Increase fiber in your diet. Eat healthier in general with lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains. Dried fruit can help move things along. Limit snack foods, processed foods and fried foods. If still not working, add a fiber supplement like metamucil. Lastly, you can try a stool softener like colace. ...Read more

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If a person suffers from constipation, does bananas make it worse, so many diff answers some say yes there a binding agent, some say depends on ripness?

Variable: Eating bananas that are green/ unripe can contribute to constipation. Eating ripe bananas can decrease constipation. But if you eat a ton of bananas it can block you up (cause constipation). ...Read more

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Constipation and difficulty in urination in an 86 year old man?

Constipation and difficulty in urination in an 86 year old man?

Urinary retention: Constipation makes it difficult for older people to empty their bladder. Sometimes their bowels are impacted. This elderly man may need an enema. He certainly needs a laxative. He may also have an enlarged prostate gland which makes this problem even worse. Treating the constipation may help the problem with urination. He should see his doctor. ...Read more

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How can I get over the constipation that I suffer do to taking risperdal?

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How can I get over the constipation that I suffer do to taking risperdal?

Risperdal: Also, it u r taking medication to combat side effects of risperdal, such as cogentin, (benztropine) it could be a factor. ...Read more

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