Constipation can mean going to the toilet to pass stools less often or passing small amounts of hard or painful stools. There is a wide variation of how many times a person may pass stools; with some people going 2-3 times a day, but others may go 2-3 times a week. Every individual is different in their bowel motions, and therefore constipation can mean different things.
The main symptoms are
There are a number of causes which include
The treatment and prevention is divided into the following categories:
Treatment can be a combination of lifestyle advice, and medications. A doctor will be able to guide you on what would be best suited to you.