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Normal bowel movements are different for each person. Most people have trouble going to the bathroom every once in a while. Sometimes, this is due to constipation. Constipation happens when stool moves slowly through the digestive system, becoming hard and dry. As a result, it’s difficult to have a bowel movement.


Symptoms of constipation may include:

  • Fewer than 3 bowel movements a week
  • Dry, hard-to-pass stools
  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • The feeling of not completely emptying your bowels


Talk to you doctor. Usually constipation is not serious. Your MD will examine you and make treatment suggestions to help you.

Services & Treatment

Treatment for constipation usually includes eating a high-fiber diet (20 to 35 grams a day) of whole grains, vegetables and fruits; avoiding processed foods; getting more exercise to stimulate the bowels; and drinking lots of water/fluids. 

If these lifestyle changes don’t offer relief, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter products like fiber supplements, stimulant laxatives or stool softeners, saline laxatives, or lubricants and osmotics that help stool pass more easily. Your doctor may also prescribe medication or perform a manual maneuver to relieve constipation, breaking up the stool and then administering an enema.

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