Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. Although it’s not usually serious, you’ll feel much better when your body is back on track.
The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people have them three times a day. Others have them just a few times a week. Going longer than 3 or more days without one is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more difficult to pass.
Some causes of constipation include::
Take these steps:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist which kind might work for you and how long you should take it.
Call your doctor right away if you have sudden constipation with belly pain or cramping and you aren’t able to poop or pass gas at all. Also, make the call if:
In many cases, you can. These things can help: