Is constipation more common in men or women?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In the United States, self-reported constipation and admissions to hospital for constipation are more common in women than in men. The overall female-to-male ratio is approximately 3:1. Women are also more likely to receive care for constipation. The condition is seen fairly frequently during pregnancy and is a common problem after childbirth. Surveys of apparently healthy young men and women demonstrate a slightly higher stool frequency among women.


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