<p><strong>What Is Constipation? </strong></p>
<p>Constipation is more a complaint than a disorder—in fact, it is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States. Constipation is characterized by infrequent bowel movements with stools that are often hard and sometimes painful to pass. The condition results when intestinal contractions slow down, allowing more time for the bowels to remove water from food wastes.</p>
<p>The normal frequency of bowel movements varies greatly from person to person—it is perfectly normal for some people to have three bowel movements a day, while others have as few as three a week. Constipation involves the passage of hard stools less than three times in a week, usually accompanied by bloating and discomfort. Any change in a person’s usual frequency of bowel movements, however, may be a sign of a more serious underlying disorder.</p>
Irritable bowel disease is made up of at least two main disorders: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. While there are major differences between the two conditions, there are also similarities. For example, both disorders can cause inflammation of the intestines and both can lead to constipation . If you’re experiencing constipation, speak with your doctor.
What is constipation?
Constipation is usually defined as straining when trying to have a bowel movement, having hard stools or infrequent bowel movements. Constipation is quite common, with 15 to 30 percent of the general population reporting constipation recently. There is a much higher rate of constipation in women, in those with low physical activity, and in the geriatric population.
With Crohn’s disease, constipation can happen as a result of a partial obstruction in the intestines. In ulcerative colitis, constipation may be a symptom of inflammation of the rectum. Howeve...
The foods you eat may cause, worsen, or relieve constipation .
Normal poop (stool) patterns are different for everyone. Some people may have a bowel movement more than once a day while others may have one every 2 to 3 days. Normal stools should not be painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation is defined as bowel movements that are infrequent, hard or difficult to pass. Constipation may be a chronic (long-term) problem or occur occasionally. It may result from medications, a medical condition, not enough activity, or a diet too low in fiber or fluid.
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