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Am I constipated?

constipatedConstipation is a very common problem. It means either passing hard or painful bowel motions (poos) or going to the toilet less often than usual to empty your bowels.

Different people need to pass a bowel motion (have a poo) at different times. For some people it's quite normal to have a poo three times a day, while for other people it's quite normal to go just three times a week. If you need to have a poo more or less often than this, there may be something wrong.

Although many people can manage short-term constipation at home, it's important that you see your doctor if you experience any of the following:

On the next page: Causes of constipation in adults

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by GP liaison, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Updated July 2017.

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