What is Constipation?

Constipation may have many causes, but you know when you have it. Constipation or irregularity occurs when your bowel movements become difficult or when they happen less frequently than you’re used to. It can throw off your daily routine.

What is normal? It depends on the individual. Normal can range from a bowel movement three times a day to three times a week. Normal stools are soft and formed, and passed without straining. Only you can determine what is normal for you. Only you can determine when your bowel movements are difficult to pass or happen less frequently. Generally, if you’re going less than 3 times a week, then you might be constipated.

Symptoms of Constipation
May Include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Cramps, bloating or gas
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Straining when passing
  • Desire to go but inability to act
  • Fatigue or lack of energy