Having trouble going? You're not alone. You may be experiencing constipation, one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States, affecting an estimated 42 million Americans.1
Some possible symptoms of constipation may include2-3 :
- 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 one week, you should see your doctor to make sure it's not a sign of a more serious condition.
Learn more about constipation:
- Higgins, PD, Johanson, JF. Epidemiology of constipation in north America: a systematic review. The American journal of gastroenterology." Am J Gastroenterol. 2004 Apr;99(4):750-9.
- Understanding Constipation. American Gastroenterological Association. http://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/2013/6/6/understanding-constipation. Accessed May 2016.
- Constipation. ASCRS Website. Available at: http://www.fascrs.org/patients/conditions/constipation/.
Accessed May 2016.