If you have a bowel movement fewer than 3 times per week, then you are constipated, according to the medical definition. Most people think they should have a bowel movement every day, but that may not be the case depending on the person.

If you are constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some patients experience pain when having a bowel movement and experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel.

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. At any given time most people experience constipation typically a poor diet is the cause. Usually it is temporary and not serious. However, understanding its causes, how to prevent it and treatment will help most people find relief.

This article from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, talks more about constipation.

If you experience chronic constipation, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical study at Jean Brown Research.

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