Eating a fiber-rich diet helps to prevent constipation. There are a variety of laxatives for occasional irregularity. The gentlest starter option is bulk-forming laxatives. After that, the options include osmotic laxatives, which draw water into the bowels. Stool softeners help to prevent straining due to hard stools. Lubricants like mineral oil also help to ease difficult bowel movements. Stimulant laxatives should not be used frequently.
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