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(ARA) – It’s not just a stereotype; women of all ages really do like to talk.  It may seem women are comfortable discussing just about anything – their jobs, family matters, even sex. However, according to a new survey, many women are uncomfortable and even embarrassed discussing important health issues.

Health issues are among the most important topics to talk about, if not with friends and family, then with healthcare providers. Having candid conversations with your doctor or pharmacist can lead to improved healthcare and minimized complications.
According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 U.S. women, most are comfortable discussing a range of subjects once thought to be too private to share with others.  However, less than one in three (32 percent) women can bring themselves to discuss the topic of constipation, even among family and friends.

This is especially surprising considering that constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint affecting more than 65 million Americans. In fact, 84 percent of the survey participants admitted they’d been affected by constipation themselves at one time or another.

Even more concerning, though, is that women don’t just avoid talking about constipation. More than one quarter of them don’t bother to treat it either. Many admitted that they don’t want to experience the unpleasant side effects of some laxatives.

However, women no longer have to suffer in silence or worry about the side effects of laxatives.  MiraLAX (R), the No. 1 doctor-prescribed laxative, is now only available over-the-counter to treat occasional constipation. MiraLAX is different. It enables your body to work naturally, for predictable relief with no harsh side effects like bloating, cramps, gas or sudden urgency.

Nearly one in four women surveyed worried that friends and family will judge her by her topics of conversation. However, women shouldn’t feel reluctant to talk about constipation or other health issues they may consider off limits. To learn more about how to open up with healthcare providers about embarrassing topics, visit

Remember, some conversations should be kept private, but not when it comes to your health.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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