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*! 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.

Causes of constipation


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


  • Reluctance to evacuate to avoid using unfamiliar toilets

Insufficient exercise

  • Temporary immobility or after an operation
  • Insufficient exercise


  • Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or menopause


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


  • 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 or Oral Liquid.

*Market research data, 2011.

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