Constipation in Adults

The guide's purpose is to provide understanding and advice to individuals with constipation symptoms. The Constipation Guide should be used as a complement to your formal evaluation by a doctor, not as a substitute for office-based care. The Constipation Guide will provide recommendations relating to both evaluation and treatment based on the answers you give to a series of questions.

The number of questions you are asked will be determined by your symptoms. You will be asked a minimum of 12 questions, with additional questions relevant to your age, gender, or symptoms.

Time to complete this decision guide: ten to 20 minutes.

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"Progress reports" with advice about evaluation and treatment will be highlighted as you progress through the questions. These progress reports will be personalized for you based upon your answers.

Some progress reports contain detailed advice that you may wish to keep for your future reference; you are welcome to print individual progress reports as you proceed. You will need to print pages using your browser, under the "file" menu.

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What is constipation?

Contrary to popular myth, it is not necessary for you to be "regular" (have daily bowel movements) for your bowel pattern to be normal. If your bowel movements are so infrequent that they cause you discomfort, or if bowel movements are an effort for you, then you are experiencing constipation.

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