Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns

Constipation – What is it and what causes it

Constipation is a condition where people aren’t pooping (moving their bowels) as often as they usually do, which negatively impacts quality of life. They may feel bloated or nauseated, and may experience stomach pain. Most people have at least one bowel movement every three days. If left untreated, constipation can lead to more serious problems including a bowel blockage.

Causes

Click the arrows to see some causes of constipation.