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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, though, is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more difficult to pass.
You may have:
You also may feel like you need help to empty your bowels, such as pressing on your belly or using a finger to remove stool from your bottom.
Some causes of constipation include:
Take these steps:
You can try taking a laxative, too. There are several types of laxatives, and you can buy many of them over the counter. Each of them works in a different way to ease constipation. Ask your doctor or pharmacist which kind might work for you and how long you should take it.