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What is constipation?

Constipation is when you are not passing stools on a regular basis, or they are difficult to pass. Most people will have constipation at some stage in their life and in most cases it is not serious. In general, passing a stool less than twice a week is considered having constipation. The longer the stool stays in your body, the drier/harder it becomes and the harder to pass.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Irritable bowel syndrome


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