Can constipation cause other health problems?
Chronic (long-term) constipation may lead to a number of other issues such as: 1) Urinary incontinence - straining too much weakens pelvic muscles, which can lead to small amounts of urine leaking out when laughing, sneezing or running. 2) Haemorrhoids - swollen blood vessels in the rectum, causing itching, pain and sometimes bleeding. 3) Rectal prolapse - too much straining can cause part of the rectal lining to protrude outside the anus 4) Faecal incontinence - if the bowel is too full, some faeces (poo) may leak out. 5) Faecal impaction: when faecal matter builds up in the colon.