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Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where a person (or other animal) experiences difficulty in eliminating feces. Most doctors do Constipationnot consider a person constipated unless they are experiencing difficulty passing hard, dry stool, and there has been a decrease in the number of bowel movements from the amount that's normal for the person.

A person can present with a decrease in bowel movements, along with signs of diarrhea and still be considered constipated. This is usually due to the stool being impacted in the colon which impedes normal absorption of water, causing the waste material that does come out to be watery.

Last Updated - 22nd November 2005

Causes of Constipation

People may take laxatives to try to eliminate constipation. Earlier remedies included enemas.

Constipation means that a person has three bowel movements or fewer in a week. The stool is hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. The subject may feel "draggy" and full.

A common misconception holds that one should have a bowel movement every day. This is not really true. There is no "right" number of bowel movements. Each person's body finds its own normal number of bowel movements. It depends on the food one eats, how much one exercises, and other things.

At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts for a short time and is not serious. When one understands what causes constipation, one can take steps to prevent it.


Changing what one eats and drinks and how much one exercises will help relieve and prevent constipation. Here are other steps one may take.

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