Being constipated means bowel movements have become difficult or are occurring less frequently. It typically occurs for everyone at some point, and it is not typically a sign of something more serious. It can be very uncomfortable, however. The typical length of time between movements will vary widely from individual to individual. Some individuals have movements up to three times a day while others will have them maybe once or twice in a week. Three or more days without one can be too long, however. After this period, the stool becomes harder and more difficult to pass.
People may experience:
Causes of constipation can include:
If you are having difficulty with your bowel movements for longer than two weeks, scheduling an appointment with your doctor will be the best way to find out what is causing it. Tests used to determine the cause of the constipation include:
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