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Guess What Most Americans Don't Want to Talk About (Hint: It's Not Sex!)
Date:5/28/2009

- Four Million Americans Suffer in Silence ... From Constipation(1): From Connecticut to California, the United States is a Constipation Nation! -

NEW YORK, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- While it might not be surprising to learn that most Americans are not comfortable talking about constipation, the results of a new survey show just how prevalent and uncomfortable discussing the topic really is: In fact, while more than one-half of adults surveyed suffer from occasional constipation, the vast majority of them would rather avoid discussing it, which often keeps them from getting relief. And, if constipation lasts for more than a week, it may be a sign of something more serious, so people should really talk to their doctor about it.

A recent survey, conducted by Russell Research for Purdue Products L.P., whose products include Senokot(R) Tablets and Colace(R) Capsules, asked 1,017 adults their thoughts about constipation and its treatments. The company wanted to hear first-hand from consumers how they viewed the significance of constipation and their overall digestive health.

Men vs. Women

According to the survey, 66% of females and 51% of males report having constipation at some point. Females said they experience constipation 19 times a year, compared to the 11 times per year reported by men. About one in five females (20%) indicate they suffer from constipation once a week or more.

Oh the Embarrassment

But, despite these high numbers, 77% of folks would rather talk about religion, 72% cite politics and 58% said they'd rather discuss sex than constipation!

Suffering in Silence...

According to the survey, less than half (47%) of respondents say they are comfortable discussing constipation. Folks who suffer from constipation are significantly less likely (36%) to feel comfortable discussing their condition. Nearly
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