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Constipation 101: What is Constipation?

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What is Constipation?

Hard stool in the colon and rectum

  • Constipation is when you have infrequent or hard-to-pass bowel movements (meaning they are painful or you have to strain), have hard stools or feel like your bowel movements are incomplete. Infrequent means less than three bowel movements a week.
  • Most of the time, constipation can be treated medically.
  • People define constipation based on family, culture and their own experience, so it can have different meanings.
  • It is normal to have some constipation at times as a result of what you eat or other habits. 
  • If there is ongoing pain with bowel movements or there is blood in your stool, call your doctor.

 

© AGA, September 2017

©AGA, July 2016

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