Nearly everyone experiences constipation at some point in their lives. But chronic constipation that leaves you straining and feeling stopped up deserves treatment. Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA, FACOG, and Kelly Kantartzis, MD, MS, FACOG, at The Woman’s Center in the Phoenix area is here to customize a treatment plan to give you relief. You don’t have to live with constipation. Call their Mesa, Arizona, office or schedule your appointment online.
Constipation occurs when your body isn’t able to pass stool regularly or easily. It’s characterized by:
Constipation affects the vast majority of people. But women over the age of 65 and women who are pregnant or just gave birth are more likely to get constipated.
A number of things can bring about constipation. In pregnant women, for example, the gut slows down its processes, which can lead to harder-to-pass stool. In general cases of constipation, the root cause is often insufficient fiber in your diet.
As your stool moves through your colon, your body draws water out of it. If it’s dry and hard by the time it reaches your rectum, it can be difficult to pass. Fiber helps your stool maintain more of its water, softening it and easing the strain on your bowels.
Other causes of constipation include:
Many cases of constipation resolve naturally. The Woman’s Center f is available to help you if:
Yes. The Woman’s Center is here to develop a treatment program for you that helps regulate your body and give you more frequent, easier bowel movements.
Some of the recommendations you might receive from The Woman’s Center are simple but impactful lifestyle changes, like listening to your body’s schedule for bowel movements, changing what you eat, and adjusting how you sit on the toilet.
Other available treatments include:
Call The Woman’s Center or book your appointment online to get relief from your constipation.