What is constipation?
Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements varies for each person but going longer than three days without a bowel movement is too long. Signs of constipation are:
What causes constipation?
Constipation is usually caused by a bowel function disorder not a structural problem. Causes of constipation include:
What are the symptoms of constipation?
Symptoms usually consist of infrequent bowel movements or difficulty having bowel movements, abdominal pain and vomiting.
How is constipation diagnosed?
If you have constipation for more than two weeks, you should see a doctor to determine the source of your problem and treat it. Tests include:
How is constipation prevented?