Constipation

In South Africa constipation affects nearly ⅓ of the population (1)

It is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in South Africa, resulting in up to 76,6 % of the general population to indulge in the use of laxatives. (1)

  • About 15 % of the adult population in western countries suffers from constipation (2)
  • It is 3 times more common in women than in men (2)
  • It significantly reduces health-related quality of life (2)

What is constipation? (2-4)

Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than 3 times a week. With constipation, stools are usually hard, dry, small and difficult to pass. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and experience straining, bloating and the sensation of a full bowel. Most constipation is temporary and not serious.

Normal bowel movements depend on the person and can be: (3)

3 X a day
OR
3 X a week


What causes constipation? (3,4)

As food moves through the large intestine (colon), water is absorbed from the food while it forms the waste products (stool). The waste products are then moved along the colon toward the rectum with smooth muscle contractions. Most of the water is absorbed from the stool by the time it reaches the rectum, making it solid and ready to be passed from the body. Someone is suffering from constipation when the stool moves too slowly through the large intestine due to the muscle contractions being too slow; or when too much water is absorbed from the stool, leaving it hard and dry making it difficult to pass.


Some of the common causes of constipation include: (3,4)

  • Not enough fibre in the diet
  • Not enough water or fluid intake (leading to dehydration)
  • Not being active enough
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Certain medications, e.g. iron supplements, pain medications
  • Changes in life or routine, e.g. pregnancy, travel, ageing
  • Hormonal disturbances such as an underactive thyroid
  • Problems with the colon or rectum
  • Problems with intestinal function, e.g. IBS
  • Certain conditions, e.g. stroke

Good reasons to use Agiolax®

  • Contains senna and fibre, two natural ingredients that work together to help relieve constipation
  • Can be used during pregnancy* and when breastfeeding
  • Provides reliable, predictable relief from constipation
  • Is easy to take – just swallow with a glass of water
  • Doesn’t cause watery stools, cramping or bloating
  • Is available in a discreet sachet pack 

How to take Agiolax®

Agiolax® a natural solution to constipation:

  • 1-2 heaped teaspoons of granules or ½ – 1 sachet (5-10 g)
  • Swallow granules whole with a full glass of liquid
  • To be taken after the evening meal, can be repeated before breakfast

*During the first three months of pregnancy, Agiolax® should only be used if constipation cannot be remedied by a change in diet or with the aid of bulking agents. It is recommended that Agiolax® should only be used after consultation with a medical practitioner.