I'm Always Constipated - How Do I Make This Better?

Published: December 22, 2014
Dear I'm Always Constipated - How Do I Make This Better?,

It seems like I am always so constipated. I am so embarrassed to tell my doctor (or to tell anyone!). Can you give me some tips to make this better?

Dear I'm Always Constipated - How Do I Make This Better?,

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of chronic constipation can include:

  • Passing fewer than three stools a week

  • Having lumpy or hard stools

  • Straining to have bowel movements

  • Feeling as though there's a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements

  • Feeling as though you can't completely empty the stool from your rectum

  • Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen and using a finger to remove stool from your rectum

Constipation may be considered chronic if you’ve experienced two or more of these symptoms for the last three months.

TeenHealthFX can appreciate that discussing such personal matters with your doctor might feel embarrassing, but it is important that you speak to your doctor so that he/she can assess what might be contributing to the constipation and can give you some recommendations of how to improve the situation.

Your doctor will probably start with talking to you about diet and lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Increasing your fiber intake (this includes eating more fruits and vegetables and eating whole grains)

  • Exercising regularly

  • Going to the bathroom when you have to and not rushing yourself through the process

  • Drinking plenty of water

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.