Constipation is a major pain - for anyone who has ever experienced it, you'll know what I mean.

You see all that sweating, pushing, grunting and grimacing could set you up for a whole host of embarrassing problems.

Scientists claim constipation may lead to hemorrhoids, anal fissures and much, much worse.

Reporting their findings in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers say 63 million Americans suffer from constipation, with the cost of treating constipation totaling $235 million each year.

And, people with chronic constipation often develop colonic conditions, urologic disorders and prolapsed rectum. Experts say a well-balanced diet and exercise helps prevent constipation.

Now, if you're backed up and looking for a natural away around it, try acupuncture. Believe it or not, they stick the needle in your thumb, not your butt.

Via HealthDay News.