Common Causes of Occasional Constipation

Some common causes of occasional constipation may include1-3 :

  • Low fiber diet and dehydration
  • Waiting too long or ignoring urge to have a bowel movement
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Eating and drinking too many dairy products
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Travel
  • Certain medications may also be associated with constipation


  1. American Gastroenterological Association. Patient Center, Constipation. AGA Website. Available at: Accessed May 2016.
  2. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Conditions/Patient Brochures, Constipation. ASCRS Website. Available at: Accessed May 2016.
  3. National Institutes of Health. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Constipation. NIH Publication No. 07–2754. Available at: Accessed May 2016.