What Does Constipation Mean?

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Constipation is most often defined as having a bowel movement less than 3 times per week. It usually is associated with hard stools or difficulty passing stools. You may have pain while passing stools or may be unable to have a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes.

Infants who are exclusively breastfed may go 7 days without a bowel movement.

Alternative Names

Irregularity of bowels; Lack of regular bowel movements


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