Constipation is a condition in which you may have fewer than three bowel movements a week; stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy; stools that are difficult or painful to pass; or a feeling that not all stool has passed. You usually can take steps to prevent or relieve constipation.

Constipation is very common and can have many causes. The word means different things to different people, so we will discuss this in detail with you during your appointment, Managing the symptoms may involve a combination of dietary changes and medication. Sometimes there are underlying medical causes for the symptoms, so you may also need blood tests, scans or other tests.