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What causes constipation?

Although the causes of constipation are many and varied, the people affected all have one thing in common: if they can’t obtain safe and predictable relief, they suffer great discomfort.

Constipation: Causes

If you are often constipated, remember that you are not alone with this problem: overall, 18% of the Australian population aged 16 years and older suffer from constipation at least once a month*!
*Market research data, 2011.

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Faulty nutrition (too little fibre and fluid intake, irregular meal times, improper eating habits)

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Reluctance to evacuate to avoid using unfamiliar toilets

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Regular intake of some medication (e.g. pain relievers, antihypertensive, sedatives /strong pain killers, iron supplements)

Insufficient Exercise

  • Temporary immobility or after an operation
  • Insufficient exercise


Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or menopause


Acute illnesses (e.g. intestinal obstruction)
Chronic illnesses (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal constrictions)
Other illnesses (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, thyroid underactivity)

Help with constipation

Household remedies can often help you with constipation – although they generally don’t take effect until a few days later. MICROLAX® is well tolerated by the body. It brings about a gentle evacuation, when and where you prefer – without any negative effects on your intestine.

NB: if the constipation persists you should always consult your doctor so as to rule out the possibility of illness.

Find out more here about MICROLAX® Enema.

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What is constipation?

If you’ve got that heavy, bloated feeling, and haven’t had a bowel movement in a few days, chances are you might have constipation.

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Symptoms of constipation

Check out our list of 9 common constipation symptoms

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Healthy Digestion

From food to exercise, discover tips to help you avoid constipation and maintain a healthy digestive flow.

Where to buy

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