IFFGD recognizes December as Constipation Awareness Month with the launch of Animated Patient’s Guide to Constipation

This Constipation Awareness Month, IFFGD launches #ConstipationDilemma campaign to educate sufferers about the dilemmas that many face when living with constipation

For Immediate Release

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IFFGD

414-964-1799

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (December 5, 2019) – December is Constipation Awareness Month. International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Foundation (IFFGD) launches a campaign to address the dilemmas which so many people face each day when living with constipation and to increase public knowledge of a common yet often misunderstood condition. Join IFFGD’s December awareness campaign by using the hashtag #ConstipationDilemma.

What is constipation? While occasionally missing bowel movements is no cause for concern, long-term or recurring bowel movements that are difficult to pass, painful, infrequent, and/or seemingly incomplete describe chronic constipation, and warrant a conversation with a physician.

Who is impacted by constipation? Chronic constipation affects up to 20% of adults and 16% of children in the United States. While common among all ages, genders, and populations; it is women, older adults, and non-Caucasian individuals that are particularly at risk. Those affected frequently report that their symptoms interfere with their daily activities, negatively impacting their self-confidence and preventing them from fully engaging in personal and professional activities.

Most people experience constipation from time to time. For millions of Americans constipation is acute, meaning it goes away fairly quickly but for others, constipation is a daily dilemma that has persisted for many years, perhaps since childhood.

“Constipation is common and most experience it at some point in life. However, for those living with chronic constipation, life’s stability can be broken.” said Ceciel T. Rooker, President of IFFGD. “While constipation may be understood by the medical community, there are various misconceptions that persist among the general public which is why opening the communication and raising awareness is so important,” continued Ms. Rooker.

Constipation is one of the most difficult gut symptoms to define because it appears differently in each person. Individuals may report constipation if they sense something is amiss, or if they are uncomfortable. People who are constipated may experience one or more of the following;

  • reduced stool frequency
  • hard stools
  • difficulty passing stools
  • straining
  • painful bowel movements
  • feeling of incomplete emptying after defecation

The onset and duration of constipation are important to consider. Most who see a doctor have had longstanding constipation symptoms. A sudden (acute) onset of symptoms should prompt a doctor visit.

“Have an open and honest conversation with your healthcare provider as the first step in receiving proper care for the life-altering condition,” said Ms. Rooker. “Join us this month as we learn more about constipation, how it is diagnosed, and understand the current management and treatment strategies.”

Share your constipation questions with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at (414) 964-1799 and join the constipation conversation on social media with #ConstipationDilemma.

For more information about chronic constipation, visit www.aboutconstipation.org.

About IFFGD

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is a nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by a chronic gastrointestinal disorder. Founded in 1991, IFFGD helps improve care by enhancing awareness, improving education, and supporting and encouraging research into treatments and cures for chronic digestive disorders. 

To learn more about IFFGD, please visit: Website: www.iffgd.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFFGD Twitter: www.twitter.com/IFFGD Instagram: www.instagram.com/DigestiveHealthMatters

Advocacy News
Health Policy
Budget & Appropriations
Legislative Agenda
Medical Nutrition Legislation
COVID-19 Legislative Updates
Medical and Treatment News
Industry Treatment News
Medical News
Medical News - Archive (2006-2013)
2014
2015
Events
Advocacy Events
Professional Meetings
Patient Education
Norton Education Series
NES Education Program
NES Program Speakers
Press Releases
2020-Gastroparesis: Quality of Life and Symptom Burdens for Patients
2020-IFFGD Announces the 2020 Research Recognition Award Winners
2020-IFFGD's IBS Patients' Illness Experience and Unmet Needs Survey
2020-IBS: More Questions Than Answers?
2020-IFFGD Raises Awareness for Rare Digestive Diseases on Rare Disease Day
2019-IFFGD recognizes December as Constipation Awareness Month with the launch of Animated Patient’s Guide to Constipation
2019-IFFGD Shares GI developments with #GivingTuesday
2019-IFFGD Celebrates 20 Years of Raising GERD Awareness
2019-IFFGD Raises Awareness for Gastroparesis Awareness Month to Encourage “Education”
2019-0516 IFFGD Announces 2019 Research Recognition Awards Recipients
2019-0328 IFFGD Encourages Patients to Share "What I Wish People Understood About My IBS" for IBS Awareness Month
2018-1205 IFFGD Marks Constipation Awareness Month with Launch of Education Campaign
2019-0213 IFFGD Sheds a Light on the Daily Impact of Rare Digestive Disorders for Rare Disease Day 2019
2018- 1107 IFFGD Celebrates #GivingTuesday
2018-1101 Have You Heard? It Could Be GERD!
2018-0801 IFFGD Raises Awareness for Gastroparesis Awareness Month to “Make Patient Voices Heard”
2018-0529 IFFGD Presents 2018 Research Recognition Awards at DDW
2018-0402 Social Taboos, Lack of Awareness May Prevent Diagnosis & Treatment of IBS
2018-0212 IFFGD Raises Awareness for Rare Disease Day 2018
2017-1114 Holiday Heartburn or Something More?
2017-0802 Research Survey Reveals Unmet Needs of People with Gastroparesis
2017-0403 IFFGD Encourages People to See Their Doctor for Symptoms of IBS
2016-1115 GERD is More Than Simple Heartburn
2016-0801 Learn the Facts About Gastroparesis
2016-0405 Think You Have IBS? Find Out For Sure Before Starting a Treatment
2015-1123 Is it More than Simple Heartburn? Ask Your Doctor.
2015-7-30 Gastroparesis is a Hidden Medical Condition for Many
2015-0330 Online Survey Looks to Help Improve Outcomes for those with IBS
2014-1119 Persistent Heartburn May Be a Sign of GERD
2014-0826 Lack of Awareness of Gastroparesis May Impact Medical Care
2014-0326 IFFGD Marks IBS Awareness Month with Launch of Mobile App
2014-0225 IFFGD Research Grants to Study Gastroparesis
2013-1106 15 Tips for GERD Awareness Week
2013-0626 New DHA.org
2013-0412 IFFGD Presents 2013 Research Awards
2013-0401 Turning Attention to Returning Vets
2012-1109 Banish Frequent Heartburn by Burning More Calories
2012-0321 April is IBS Awareness Month: A Serious Issue for Veterans
2011-1130 Is Your Child's Reflux/Spitting Up A Point of Concern?
2011-0412 IFFGD Research Award Winners
2011-0329 IBS Signs You Should Not Ignore
2010-1118 GERD Difference
2010-1001 Heartburn or GERD?
2010-0517 US House Resolution for IBS
2009-1109 GERD at Night
2009-0417 IFFGD Research Award Recipients
2008-0331 Dealing with Digestive Disorders
2007-1118 When Is Simple Heartburn Not So Simple?
2007-0718 Proposed FDA Funding Applauded
2007-0401 IBS Myths
2006-1116 GERD & Holidays
2006-0418 Natl Commission
2006-0321 Women's Health
2006-0202 IBS or Something Else
2005-1125 GERD Costs
2005-0412 IBS Awareness
2004-1125 Heartburn & Heartache
2004-0929 Norton Honored
2004-0525 IBS Travel Tips
2004-0408 IBS Medical Care
2004-0101 IFFGD Conference
2003-1117 GERD Treatment
2003-0401 IFFGD Research Awards
2003-0401 IBS Awareness
2002-0423 IBS-C Treatment
2002-1102 Heartburn Caution
2002-0402 IBS & Lost Potential
2002-0423 IBS in Real World
2001-1119 Heartburn or Heart Attack
2001-0322 Patients First
1998-0401 IBS Millions Suffer
1997-1114 Research & Women's Health
Commentary
Misunderstood Functional GI Disorders
IBS is No Joking Matter
For Media
Reporters' Guides
Media Contact Form
Patient Education

2020 Advocacy Event


AdvocacyEventWeb

Thank you for sharing your digestive health stories with Members of Congress in Washington, DC, during IFFGD's 2020 Virtual Advocacy Event.

Your voices have made a positive impact across Capitol Hill. You can continue to make a difference by contacting Congress.

Visit the Event Page

View Advocate Training Materials