Constipation is the infrequency or the difficulty in passing the stools for days or weeks. It is generally described as having fewer than 3 bowel movements a week. Constipation was the most common digestive complaint in the United States, outnumbering all other chronic digestive conditions. Constipation was three times more common in women than men.


  • Anal fissure
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectocele


  • Passing less than 3 stools /week
  • Having lumpy or hard stools
  • Straining to pass stool
  • Feels as if there is a blockage on the rectum that is preventing your bowel movement


  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissure
  • Fecal impaction
  • Rectal prolapsed


  • Blood tests in condition of hypothyroidism
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Balloon expulsion test
  • X-ray defecography
  • MRI defecography


  • Over 4 million people in the United States have frequent constipation, corresponding to a prevalence of about 2 percent.
  • Cathartics and laxatives were prescribed to 2 to 3 million patients yearly by general and family practitioners or internists.
  • In 92,000 annual hospitalizations, constipation was listed among the discharge diagnoses.
  • About 900 persons die annually from diseases associated with or related to constipation.
  • It showed a marked increase after the age of 65 years. It appeared to affect non-whites 1.3 times more frequently than whites.