Causes Of Constipation

What Causes Constipation?

The most common cause of constipation is lack of exercise and a low-fiber diet. Processed foods have a high content of fat and sugar, which can slow down the digestive process. This will absorb excess fluid from the stool and constipation occurs.

Causes of constipation

Constipation Caused By Intestinal Diseases

Various bowel disease can cause problems and pain during bowel movements, such as irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal evadinations (diverticula), inflamed intestinal evadinations (diverticulitis), polyps, anal fissures and abscesses, painful hemorrhoids, chronic inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, slipping out of the rectum from the anus (rectal prolapse) or colorectal cancer.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

An irritable bowel is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. By spasms in the gut, slows down bowel movement and can thus lead to blockage. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome often suffer from a change of diarrhea and constipation.

Intestinal Strictures

Constrictions in the intestine due to scar tissue, tumors or diverticula (protrusions which are filled with feces and may ignite) can lead to blockages.

Intestinal Weakness

If there is interference in the intestinal peristalsis, the excretion products can move slowly or stops moving through the intestines and leads to clogging. These intestinal weakness occurs relatively frequently in women.


Under dyschezia means the inability to defecation, although defecate exists. The cause is a lack of coordination between sphincter and pelvic floor muscles.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer may also lead to constipation.

Constipation With Drugs:

Various medications can cause constipation.

Some of these drugs are:

  • Painkillers (opiates)
  • Anesthetic
  • Antihypertensives
  • Antacids (antacid) contain aluminum or calcium chemical
  • Sedative
  • Antihistamines (eg allergies)
  • Cough Medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Iron supplements
  • Diuretics (“water tablets”)
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Chemotherapeutics
  • Frequent use of laxatives

Water Shortage

If enough water is not drunk, the body tries to obtain the required amount of fluid in your blood by removing the required water from the bowl. This makes the bowl hard and dry with the consequence of clogging.

Caffeinated Drinks

Caffeinated drinks such as coffee or cola, and alcohol also act dehydrogenating on the body and can also favor constipation.

Electrolyte Disturbances (disorders of salt balance)

Sometimes potassium deficiency caused by too frequent use of laxatives  may blame for clogging. But other disorders of salt balance such as an excess of calcium (hypercalcemia) may be the reason for digestive problems.

Constipation Caused By Nerve Disorders

Diseases such as diabetes (diabetes mellitus), Parkinson or multiple sclerosis can cause nervous disorders, which involve a blockage by itself.

Constipation By Hormonal Imbalances

Constipation can also be the result of hormonal imbalances as they occur by low thyroid activity (hypothyroidism), diabetes, an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or during pregnancy.