More About Constipation
Let’s face it: constipation happens. More than 63 million people in North America experience constipation, making it one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. From infrequent or painful bowel movements to excessive bloating, you just don’t feel like yourself when you’re constipated. Here is your go-to guide for when you can’t go.
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About Occasional Constipation
If you have questions about constipation, you’re not alone. Constipation affects more than 63 million people in North America, making constipation one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints.1
Some possible symptoms of constipation may include2-4
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Irregular bowel movements
- Incomplete bowel movements
- Pain or straining during bowel movements
- Hard, dry stools
- Excessive bloating
If your need for a laxative lasts for more than 1 week, you should see your doctor to make sure it’s not a sign of a more serious condition.
- Higgins PD, Johanson JF. Epidemiology of constipation in North America: a systematic review. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004;99(4):750-9.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Definition & Facts for Constipation. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation/definition. Accessed March 2021.
- American Gastroenterological Association. Constipation. Available at http://www.gastro.org/patient-care/conditions-diseases/constipation. Accessed March 2021.
- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Constipation. Available at https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/constipation-0. Accessed March 2021.