What Is Constipation?

Constipation is a condition in which a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements. Generally, a person is considered to be constipated when bowel movements result in passage of small amounts of hard, dry stool, usually fewer than three times a week.

About 4 million people in the United States have frequent constipation. Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint, resulting in two million physician visits annually.

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