Causes and consequences
The primary cause of acute constipation is a sudden change in lifestyle. A variation of diet, eating more foods known to induce constipation like bananas or chocolate, hormonal changes (for example during pregnancy), a journey, or bedfastness after an operation can all cause hard stools temporarily. Stomach ache, abdominal bloating and painful bowel movements are the consequences. This is why, when acute constipation strikes, people often turn to laxatives.