constipation myths

Constipation Myths

The truth and facts regarding constipation symptoms and treatments are often clouded by hearsay and misinformation. When talking about constipation, you hear a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the use of laxatives that can be confusing to constipation sufferers seeking accurate information on their condition. MyConstipationRelief website reviews some of these myths and misconceptions along with providing some valuable tips to help you manage constipation.

Separating truth from speculation

When talking about constipation, you hear a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the use of laxatives. Here’s some advice on the most common myths.

Q: Eating fibre will prevent constipation occuring?

A: Sometimes. Although some people find that eating lots of fibre rich foods helps prevent constipation, some people with severe constipation actually find it gets worse if they up their fibre intake. See what works for you.

Q: Being constipated cause toxins to build up in your body.

A: That’s a myth. Don’t worry – experts say that constipation doesn’t cause a build-up of toxins in the body.

Q: Women always get constipated before their period.

A: Sometimes. Experts say that hormones only play a small part in constipation, but some women swear that the time of the month affects how often they go to the toilet.

Q: Your body will become dependent on laxatives if you use them regularly.

A: It’s unlikely that taking the recommended dose of laxatives will do you any harm. Although some people with chronic constipation find that they need laxatives to be able to go most of the time, it’s not because they’ve become ‘dependent’ to them.

Q: Laxatives are addictive.

A: Myth. They are not addictive if taken as recommended.

Q: Constipated people eat badly and do not exercise.

A: Sometimes. Older people especially tend to find that being inactive can lead to constipation, or make it worse. There are usually other factors, too, though.

Q: Women get constipated when they are pregnant.

A: True. Pregnancy hormones do seem to affect the speed that food and waste travels through the gut, slowing it down and sometimes leading to constipation and discomfort on the toilet.

Q: Laxatives cause ‘rebound constipation’.

A: Myth. There’s no evidence that constipation comes back as soon as you stop taking laxatives for constipation.

Q: Laxatives help weight loss.

A: Myth. They are licensed for constipation and not for weight loss. Taking a laxative where there is no need for constipation relief will merely result in the loss of water, salts and nothing more. Please talk to your GP if you have any concerns regarding the use of laxatives and weight loss.