If you have three or fewer bowel movements in a week, you are likely constipated. With constipation, your stool can be hard and dry, cause excessive straining and is sometimes painful to pass. Constipation typically lasts a short time and is not considered a serious condition. On the other hand, being chronically constipated can interfere with a healthy lifestyle.
Symptoms of constipation may include:
- Difficult and painful bowel movements
- Feeling as though there's a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements
- Feeling as though you can't empty the stool from your rectum
- Feeling swollen (bloated)
- Less than three bowel movements a week
- Lumpy or hard stools
- Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen
- Not having much energy
- Unsuccessful straining to move your bowels
You may have chronic constipation, if you've experienced two or more of these symptoms for the last three months.
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