Constipation: Pain, cause and treatment


In this article, you will learn:

  • What is constipation?
  • What can cause constipation?
  • Signs that you may have constipation
  • Lifestyle instances that can cause constipation
  • The life-stage instances that can cause constipation
  • What you can do to prevent constipation
  • What you can do to relieve constipation

What is Constipation

Constipation is when the body passes a stool at a lower rate than normal, usually less than three stools per week. These infrequent bowel movements or difficulty of stool passage are common signs of constipation.

Chronic constipation occurs when infrequent bowel movements last for extended periods of time, sometimes lasting for up to several weeks.

What can cause constipation?

The causes of constipation are varied. It can be due to lifestyle changes, age-related causes or caused by certain medication or supplements that may affect your diet. Due to the slower-moving stool through your digestive tract, they absorb less water, which makes them harder to pass.

What are some tell-tale signs that I have constipation?

The most common sign that you may have constipation is that you go to the toilet less often than usual and have difficulty passing a stool. You may even need to strain because the stool is dry and difficult to pass.  In some cases, needing help to pass a stool, like pushing down on your abdomen could also be letting you know that you have constipation.

What are the lifestyle instances that can cause constipation?

Constipation is a common condition; in some cases, it can be addressed without external treatment. The most common causes of constipation include:

  • not drinking enough water
  • having a low fibre diet
  • not doing enough physical exercise
  • using certain types of medication
  • and sometimes even a change in lifestyle routine like travelling or even a change in bed time

What are the life-stage instances that can cause constipation?

Constipation can affect people of any age whether they are young or old. However, prevalence generally increases among older people – but this doesn’t completely rule out the rest!

Other instances include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People using certain types of medication or Iron supplement

What can I do to prevent constipation?

When it comes to constipation, prevention is better than cure. Here are a few tips that can help prevent constipation:

  • Drinking at least 8 12-ounce glasses of water a day
  • Consuming 25-30 grams of dietary fibre a day
  • Reduce the intake of processed foods with low nutritional value such as chips, etc.
  • Try exercising 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time
  • Make a routine of making a bowel movement
  • Go when you have to go – don’t ignore the urge!

How can I relieve constipation?

If you already have constipation, you’re most likely looking for an effective way to treat it. The most common and most simple treatment for constipation is the use of laxatives. With a variety of laxatives available on the market, it may be confusing to identify the right product for you.

Talk to your doctor or medical health professional to find out which is the best option for your condition.


Going to the toilet is an everyday thing, but constipation doesn’t have to be…. which is why Laxettes have been helping Australians get effective relief from constipation for over 100 years.

Depending on your condition, you may require a laxative that is available as unique chocolate squares, liquid form or one that is extra strength.

Visit our product page to see the range of constipation relief solutions available from Laxettes, today.




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Can I take Laxettes at the same time as my other medications or supplements?

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Can I take Laxettes while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Do I need a prescription from my doctor to buy Laxettes?

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