What Is Constipation?
Constipation occurs when an individual experiences infrequent bowel movements (typically less than three a week) and/or has dry and small stools that are difficult or painful to release.
Although constipation occurs most commonly due to an imbalanced diet, prolonged symptoms could be an indicator of a more serious gastrointestinal issue. Women may experience constipation as part of pregnancy and, in general, suffer from chronic constipation more often than men. It is important to talk to your doctor about your particular symptoms. Learn more about our Women's Center.
If symptoms persist, talk with a doctor to discover the underlying cause of infrequent bowel movements. A trained gastroenterologist will examine your medical history and perform a physical exam or other tests.
Consuming a balanced diet with fiber is the first step in treating constipation. Exercise and other lifestyle changes may be appropriate, as well as medications or dietary supplements.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms related to this condition, contact us to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology specialists in Raleigh, Cary or Holly Springs.