About Occassional Constipation

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 include.1-3:

  • 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.


  1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Definition & Facts for Constipation. Accessed July 2017.
  2. American Gastroenterological Association. Constipation. Available at Accessed August 2017.
  3. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Constipation. Available at Accessed August 2017.