With constipation, the stool is often smaller and drier than usual, which may cause pain during elimination. The feeling that the bowels are not completely emptied is also common. Constipation is often a symptom of other conditions, rather than a condition on its own.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) states that normal bowel frequency can range from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. The NDDIC suggests that bowel frequency less than 3 times a week can signify constipation.3 However, frequent elimination is a critical component of optimal health, and many healthcare professionals recommend bowel movements in the range of 1 to 3 times daily as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Additional Information about Constipation
- Common symptoms of constipation
- Common causes of constipation
- Natural and alternative treatments for constipation
- Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of constipation
- Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of constipation
- Additional Reading for constipation