What is Constipation?

Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person, ranging from three times a day to two times a week. Exceeding three days without a bowel movement is considered abnormal. Constipation occurs more frequently in women and with increasing age.

Factors Contributing to Constipation

Many factors, ranging from diet and lifestyle, medications, or underlying diseases can contribute to or cause constipation. With early detection and treatment, these conditions can most often be managed and controlled.

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