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Menopause & constipation

Updated November 21, 2016

One of the rarely discussed complications of menopause is constipation. Constipation occurs during menopause for a number of reasons but primarily because of hormonal fluctuations and the fact that your gastrointestinal tract is slowing down, which also affects your digestive system sometimes resulting in indigestion.

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What You're Eating

If you are eating too much or the wrong things, this will contribute to constipation. Skip the sugary foods and those foods that contain lots of carbohydrates.

Herbal Relief

Menopauseatoz.com recommends using natural products that contain lobelia, goldenseal root, gentian, fenugreek seed, meadowsweet and fennel seed to provide you with gentle relief.

Eat Slowly and Chew Well

When you eat, eat slowly and chew your food well. This allows the digestive enzymes to break down the contents of your meal and direct the contents to be stored in the liver and muscle where they are needed.

The Benefits of Fiber

Get more fibre in your diet, suggests Menopauseinsight.com. Eat cereals and whole grain breads. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day, eat fruits and vegetables and drink fruit juices.

Medications May Be Constipating You

Medicine for high blood pressure, such as Clonidine, as well as narcotic painkillers, antidepressants, calcium and iron supplements can all result in constipation. Discuss this with your doctor and figure out the best way to approach your constipation problems.

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About the Author

Cindi Pearce

Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.

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