Why Can’t I Poop?

You can’t go?
There is no need to feel alone. Constipation is characterized by bowel movements less than three times a week for about 20% of Americans. When they do poop, it is hard, small, and painful.

Irritable bowel syndrome and other medical disorders can cause constipation.
You should seek care and treatment from your doctor for those issues. Many people, however, will only have a short-term problem that can be easily resolved. The following questions will help you figure out what’s stopping you up:

Do you need to fiber up?
Fiber is necessary for regular bowel movements. Our daily fruit and vegetable intake should be between 3 and 5 cups. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit your meat and dairy consumption. Make sure to gradually incorporate it into your diet. Avoid fast food and prepared foods. Fiber is always lacking in these quick and easy recipes.

What is the level of my fluids?
It’s essential to drink plenty of water to move waste through your intestines! It is possible to get backed up if you don’t drink enough water.

What is my level of activity?
Too much sitting can lead to trouble on the throne because moving your body helps you move your bowels.

Is it supplements that are causing problems?
Some people experience constipation after taking iron or calcium supplements. Calcium carbonate supplements are more likely to cause this than calcium citrate supplements. Keep yourself active and eat enough fiber if you take calcium or iron supplements. Talk to your doctor about if that doesn’t work or if you can get these nutrients through your diet instead.

Stressed out?
Your body changes when your brain’s stress response systems are activated. Constipation is one of the responses of the digestive system to stress.

No matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, travel can be stressful.
The disruption of your regular routine can also affect your pooping patterns.

Should I ignore the urge?
If you’re too busy, you might miss your body’s signals when it’s time to poop. Some people prefer not to use public restrooms, or any other than their own at home. If you ignore the urge, you may stop feeling the signals eventually.

Is pregnancy a factor?
Constipation is more common in women than in men. The digestive system can easily be thrown off by hormonal changes during pregnancy. Growing babies put a lot of strain on your plumbing, so it’s no wonder you’re having trouble going. After childbirth, pooping problems are also common.

How about my age?
Get more exercise, drink more water, and eat more fiber as you age to reduce your chances of having trouble moving your bowels.

Can my medications be a contributing factor?
Several common drugs can cause this effect, including pain relievers, iron supplements, antidepressants, and diuretics. Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease medications are also on the list, as well as blood pressure medications. Also, over-the-counter medications like antacids may cause problems.