Learn about constipation and its causes, symptoms, and treatments, including diet changes and other remedies.

7 Tips for Treating Constipation

For most adults, constipation isn’t a serious problem. However, left untreated, constipation can significantly affect quality of life and lead to complications.

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9 Common Symptoms of Constipation

It happens to the best of us. Here’s how to know if you have this uncomfortable digestive symptom.

By Mandy Morgan

9 Myths About Constipation You Should Know

Most people will deal with constipation at some point, regardless of whether they have a known digestive health condition. Get the facts about this common symptom.

By Mandy Morgan

Constipation Treatments Are Equally Effective

Recent research concluded that drugs used to treat chronic idiopathic constipation are comparable.

By Monica Smith

Are You Constipated?

Changes in the frequency of your bowel movements, as well as other symptoms, may mean you’re constipated.

By HealthAfter50

Decoding Your Bowel Movements

It wasn’t until I started seeing a gastroenterologist (GI) that I began having some of the most uncomfortable conversations of my life. After all, one of the most common conversations with GIs includes the question, “How’s your poop?” I always tried ...

By Jackie Zimmerman

What is Opioid-Induced Constipation?

If you use opioid medications for chronic pain, there's a good chance you also deal with opioid-induced constipation. Here's how you can stay regular.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Chronic Constipation

For many people, constipation goes away after a week or two. However, if you experience it for months, you may have chronic—meaning consistent or recurring—constipation and should see your doctor.

By Erica Sanderson

Recognizing Constipation Symptoms

Most people don’t even realize they’re constipated and often mistake their symptoms for something else. Here are five common symptoms of constipation you should know.

By Erica Sanderson

Are Acid Reflux and Constipation Related?

There are multiple known and unknown reasons why acid reflux and constipation often overlap.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Alternative Treatments for Constipation

Diet changes What you eat has a big impact on your gut health. Incorporate high-fiber foods known to help loosen and move your system along, such as cucumbers, celery, and apples. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as fiber creates bulk in you...

By Erica Sanderson