Constipation is a condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, or hard, dry and small bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass.
Some people worry too much about having a bowel movement every day. There is no right number of daily or weekly bowel movements. Being regular is different for each person. For some, it can mean bowel movements twice a day. For others, having movements three times a week is normal.
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Constipation can happen for many reasons, and constipation may have more than one cause at a time. Among the most common causes of constipation are:
•Slow movement of stool through the colon
•Delayed emptying of the colon from pelvic disorders, especially in women
•A form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that has symptoms of both IBS and constipation, also called IBS with constipation or IBS-C.
Constipation may become worse because of the following factors: