Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools. Learn more about the condition, its diagnosis and the different treatment options available.

Fewer than three bowel movements per week

stools that are too hard and difficult to pass

10 to 30%

of adults are affected by constipation; the majority are women

Often unrecognized

Constipation in children is often unrecognized

Last update 13/04/2017