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) Hemorrhoids - 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) Fecal incontinence - if the bowel is too full, some feces (poo) may leak out. 5) Fecal impaction: when fecal matter builds up in the colon.
Author: Karen McCloskey
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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