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Does trying to go to the bathroom fast make constipation worse?

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When you’re constipated, your body may need more time in the bathroom, not less. Try to sit on the toilet for 15 minutes at the same time each day, even if you can’t “go.” It can relax your digestive system and cue your body for a bowel movement.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition & Facts for Constipation,” “Symptoms and Causes of Constipation,” “Eating, Diet & Nutrition for Constipation,” “Treatment for Constipation.”

University of Washington Women’s Health Care Center: “Constipation: Diet Tips for Relief and Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Mild dehydration: a risk factor of constipation?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Constipation in adults (Beyond the Basics.)”

National Health Service (UK): “Constipation.”

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Constipation in Older Adults.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Constipation.”

Stanford Hospital and Clinics: “Patient Information: Constipation.”

Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: “Effects of a kefir supplement on symptoms, colonic transit, and bowel satisfaction score in patients with chronic constipation: A pilot study.”

The British Journal of Clinical Practice: “Gastrointestinal side-effects of NSAIDs in the community.”

Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology: “Coffee and Gastrointestinal function: facts and fiction. A review.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS.)”

KidsHealth: “Are Your Bowels Moving?”

Frontiers in Microbiology : “The Microbiota and Health Promoting Characteristics of the Fermented Beverage Kefir.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Constipation in Children.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition & Facts for Constipation,” “Symptoms and Causes of Constipation,” “Eating, Diet & Nutrition for Constipation,” “Treatment for Constipation.”

University of Washington Women’s Health Care Center: “Constipation: Diet Tips for Relief and Prevention.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Mild dehydration: a risk factor of constipation?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Constipation in adults (Beyond the Basics.)”

National Health Service (UK): “Constipation.”

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Constipation in Older Adults.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Constipation.”

Stanford Hospital and Clinics: “Patient Information: Constipation.”

Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: “Effects of a kefir supplement on symptoms, colonic transit, and bowel satisfaction score in patients with chronic constipation: A pilot study.”

The British Journal of Clinical Practice: “Gastrointestinal side-effects of NSAIDs in the community.”

Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology: “Coffee and Gastrointestinal function: facts and fiction. A review.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS.)”

KidsHealth: “Are Your Bowels Moving?”

Frontiers in Microbiology : “The Microbiota and Health Promoting Characteristics of the Fermented Beverage Kefir.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Constipation in Children.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 14, 2019

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