What is Constipation?
Typically, constipation presents as difficulty with passing firm to hard stools, but may also present as the infrequent passing of normal stools. It is not necessarily that one does not have a bowel action every day, as the normal range of bowel frequency varies from three bowel actions per day to one bowel action every two or three days.
When should I seek help?
Constipation becomes abnormal and requires assistance if:
If you have symptoms such as these, an appointment should be made with your GP to get a referral to SCA.
Causes of constipation
Constipation is caused by many factors and combined factors, however, most causes are lifestyle related such as:
Other factors that may contribute are:
Causes of persisting constipation, often associated with other symptoms are:
How is Constipation treated?
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle including:
Fibre supplements and occasionally laxatives may also be required.
Our goal at Sydney Colorectal Associates is to deliver prompt access to appointments, diagnostic services and procedures that are tailored to your requirements.