When you start talking about constipation you're sure to hear one of these...

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding constipation and the use of laxatives, and this can be really confusing. Some are true, but some are not, and here we try and provide some simple advice on the most common myths!

1Eating more fibre can help prevent the symptoms of constipation

2Not getting enough exercise can make you constipated

3Being constipated causes toxins to build-up in your body

4Constipation can lead to bowel cancer

5Women get constipated before their period

6Women get constipated when they are pregnant

7It's possible to get dependent on laxatives

8Using laxatives can lead to 'rebound constipation'

9Laxatives are addictive

10Laxatives help with weight loss

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