What are the symptoms?
If you’re having trouble going to the toilet because it’s painful, you’re not alone, constipation is common and it affects people of all ages.
Stools can be smaller and harder, or sometimes bigger than usual and harder to pass.
It’s usually nothing serious, but if you’re avoiding going to the toilet this can cause the problem to worsen.
If you’re suffering with these painful symptoms, don’t ignore it. Try and relieve your symptoms by:
Eating more fibre:
Get your five fruit and vegetables a day, and include some whole grains, brown rice and pulses into your daily diet.
Taking more exercise:
Exercise gets your bowels moving, so aim for a regular activity such as a daily walk or run.
Drinking more fluids:
Aim for at least 6-8 glasses of fluid a day to keep yourself hydrated and help food and waste pass through your gut.