The cause of constipation can be multi-factorial related to inadequate fibre, inadequate fluid, inactivity, food intolerance, impaired intestinal motility, adhesions, pelvic floor dysfunction and other factors.

Stool form should be soft and easy to pass without any straining. You can view the Bristol stool chart here (link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale) – you should be aiming for Type 4 stools.

Our dietitians will need to examine your diet and lifestyle to determine a plan for achieving improved laxation. This will involve alterations to your diet, including food choices, meal regularity, water intake, exercise and more. You may need to look at specific fibres, soluble versus insoluble fibres, to achieve the best results.