author/s: Dr Mª Carmen Peña Cala


What is constipation?

Constipation means the slow or difficult passage of the intestinal content with infrequent and hard defecation.


What is it caused by?

It is due to the slow passage of the intestinal content through the colon, where an excessive amount of water is absorbed making the faeces hard and difficult to expel. It is usually symptomatic of an inadequate diet, whilst on other occasions it is due to other pathologies inherent to the colon. However, one should be cautious for the accumulation of faeces exerts pressure and that pressure can lead to a dilation of the veins resulting in painful and uncomfortable haemorrhoids.

If you are prompt to be constipated, we suggest you see your consultant, who will study the cause and will resolve your problem.