What is Constipation?
Constipation is most often defined as having a bowel movement less than 3 times per week. It is often associated with hard stools or problems passing stools. You may have pain while passing stools or may be unable to have a bowel movement after straining or pushing.
Normal bowel movements are different for each person. Some people do not have a bowel movement every day. When you do not have frequent bowel movements, or it takes a lot of effort to pass stool, you have constipation.
Constipation is most often caused by:
Lack of physical activity
Not drinking enough water
Delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to move your bowels
Stress and travel can also contribute to constipation or other changes in bowel habits.
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