Learn more about constipation:
About Occassional Constipation
If you have questions about constipation, you’re not alone. Constipation affects an estimated 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 one week, you should see your doctor to make sure it’s not a sign of a more serious condition.
- Higgens et al; Am J Gastro 2004 Apr, 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-facts Accessed July 2017.
- American Gastroenterological Association. Constipation. Available at http://www.gastro.org/patient-care/conditions-diseases/constipation. Accessed August 2017.
- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Constipation. Available at https://www.fascrs.org/patients/disease-condition/constipation-0. Accessed August 2017.