It’s embarrassing. You don’t want to talk about it. You wonder if this is normal. You want to ask, but, let’s be honest, women don’t wan’t to talk about “it”.
But did you know constipation is a common problem for many women? Instead of being embarrassed, women should learn why they are constipated and what they can do to find relief.
“It is important for women to have an open conversation with their physician if they feel any irregularity,” says Dr. Lola Kwan, gastroenterologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, “Especially for women over 45, since there is an increased risk of colorectal cancer in women after 50.”
Join Dr. Lola Kwan for Girl Talk: “Had Enough of Constipation? It’s Time to Let it Go!” This free program will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, Pavilion B, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Dr. Kwan will host a discussion on the best ways to treat constipation and discuss the alarming signs of colorectal cancer in women. Participants will receive a free colon cancer kit and learn about colonoscopies. Register to attend this program online HERE or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
Constipation means different things to different people. Medically speaking, constipation usually is defined as fewer than three bowel movements per week. For many people, however, it simply means infrequent stools, hard stools, difficulty passing stools, or a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. The cause of each of these “types” of constipation probably is different, and the approach to each should be tailored to the specific type of constipation.While having a bowel movement once a day is common, it can vary person to person. The number of bowel movements generally decreases with age and while some people can have a movement three times a day, others may go three times a week.
“Ninety-five percent of adults have bowel movements between three and 21 times per week, and this would be considered normal. The most common pattern is one bowel movement a day, but this pattern is seen in less than 50% of people. It is important for women to know that most people are irregular and do not have bowel movements every day or the same number of bowel movements each day” says Dr. Kwan.