Constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools. Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem.
What’s considered normal frequency for bowel movements varies widely. In general, however, you’re probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week, and your stools are hard and dry.
Fortunately, most cases of constipation are temporary. Simple lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise, drinking more fluids and eating a high-fiber diet, can go a long way toward alleviating constipation. Constipation may also be treated with over-the-counter laxatives.