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20% of the population has constipation, we know how to treat it 

Constipation can decrease a person's quality of life significantly. In fact, its impact on quality of life is comparable to patients suffering from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. 

And, it's treatable

What is constipation?

It can mean a lot of things to different people. But there is a medical definition of constipation:

  • 25% of bowel movements are associated with at least two of the following symptoms in the previous three months with an onset of symptoms longer than six months: 

    • ​straining

    • hard or lumpy stools

    • a sense of incomplete evacuation 

    • a sense of anorectal obstruction 

    • the need for manual maneuvers

    • fewer than three bowel movements per week 

  • In addition, these people should also rarely complain of loose stool without the use of a laxative 


Causes of constipation

  • SIBO/IMO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth/ intestinal methanogen overgrowth)

  • IBS

  • Diabetes

  • Neurological issues

  • Hypothyroidism 

  • Motility disorders

  • Pelvic floor issues

  • Obstruction

  • More


We ensure that our patients go through comprehensive testing to rule out any other causes of gastrointestinal symptoms.


Tests may include: ​

  • Lactulose breath test for small intestinal methanogen overgrowth

  • Blood work to look at inflammatory markers, thyroid levels and more

  • Imaging studies

  • Motility studies

  • More  

Constipation tips


with Dr. Mary Pardee

This comprehensive course through One Commune empowers you to discover the root causes of your symptoms so you can take steps to feel better, every day.

Topics covered include IBS, IBD, SIBO, leaky gut, reflux, gut-brain connection, fecal transplants, and so much more... 

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