Constipation is when bowel movements become infrequent. Although it is ideal to have at least one bowel movement per day, a person is generally not considered constipated unless they have less than three bowel movements per week. More specifically, constipation is when there is a significant change in bowel patterns, for example, if two bowel movements a day is the norm for an individual, then having three bowel movements per week would be infrequent for them.
In addition to infrequent bowel movements, signs of constipation also include strained or difficult bowel movements, hard or dry stools, and incomplete bowel movements. Constipation may also be accompanied by abdominal pain, intestinal gas and bloating. [Read more…]