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. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Symptoms & Causes of Constipation. Accessed July 2017.
  2. American Gastroenterological Association. Constipation. Available at Accessed August 2017.
  3. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Constipation. Available at Accessed August 2017.