Health Tip: Why Am I Constipated?

(HealthDay News) — Constipation can mean passing fewer-than-normal stools during a week, or passing stools that are dry and hard, or difficult to pass.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these possible causes of constipation:

  • Changes in your exercise routine, dietary habits or travel schedule.
  • Not going to the bathroom when you have the urge to produce a bowel movement.
  • Being under significant stress.
  • Lack of fiber or fluids in the diet.
  • Taking vitamin supplements, especially iron, calcium or some pain-relieving medications.
  • Medical conditions, including pregnancy, digestive problems, diabetes or thyroid problems.