Bowel sluggishness with increasing age

This is a topic most people prefer not to talk about – and yet constipation is quite common with advancing age, especially women. If your digestive system doesn’t work as it used to, those affected tend to feel helpless and stressed, so they turn to laxatives. MICROLAX® is an effective remedy for constipation with low risk of bowl dependence, which you can use whenever you like.

Why do older people suffer more often from constipation?

Constipation is not an illness in itself but a symptom. As we age, changes take place in the intestine. It expands and so creates more storage space for the body’s waste products. This means that the stool remains in the intestine for longer, increasing the probability that more fluid will be extracted from it and causing it to harden. Also, constipation is induced by external factors described below.

Factors which effect bowel sluggishness in old age.

With increasing age, many people undergo not only physical changes but also radical transformations of their personal circumstances, which all favour constipation:

  • Aged-related medication (e.g. anti-rheumatics)
  • Diet containing less fibre than before
  • Inadequate exercise because of physical limitations/immobility
  • Poor fluid consumption if the sensation of thirst diminishes

Help for constipation

Some laxatives don’t act for the first 6-8 hours, and others only after 1-2 days. With MICROLAX® you have the option to organise your day the way YOU like. With MICROLAX® Enema you can get relief within 30 minutes. The enema acts locally in the rectum and has very minimal effect on intestinal activity, so there is a low impact on bowel activity, MICROLAX® Oral Liquid is a gentle stool softener that contains paraffin liquid. It contains no bowel stimulant and offers a gentle treatment for constipation.

To find out how you can deal with your constipation with MICROLAX® click to read more for Enema or Oral Liquid.

Home remedies for constipation

How the human digestive system works

MICROLAX® provides gentle, effective relief

Symptoms of constipation