What are Indicators of constipation?
Having at least 2 of the 6 symptoms listed below (at least 25% of the time):
-straining during bowel movements
-lumpy or hard stools
-the feeling of incomplete evacuation
-sensation of anorectal blockage
-manual maneuvers to empty bowel
-having fewer than three bowel movements per week
Any persistent change in bowel habits, such as an increase or decrease in frequency or size of stool, blood in stool, or an increased difficulty in evacuating, warrants a medical consultation.
What are normal bowel habits?
For most people, it is normal for bowel movements to occur from 3 times per day to 3 times per week. Normal stools should be about the size, shape and consistency of a ripe banana.
What are causes of constipation:
If you are one of the many millions of Americans dealing with constipation, know that there are many things that can be done to help your symptoms. Stayed tuned for Managing Constipation Part 2 for suggestions.
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