Often a delicate and taboo topic, defecating remains a natural need. Some people are used to go every day, while others may have a bowel movement every three days.
But what can be considered normal and what is not? Actually, the normal defecation frequency is unique to each individual and it is quite healthy to not have bowel movements every day. When a person goes to the bathroom less often than usual, has difficulty expelling their stools or their stools are dry and hard, then we can talk about constipation.
Constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another in life. It can be occasional or chronic and is often accompanied by a sensation of incomplete evacuation, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or vomiting. Fortunately, most often it is short-lived and not serious. Its multiple causes such as insufficient intake of fiber and liquids, a change in diet or lifestyle, physical inactivity, stress, the use of certain medication or the presence of a disease, can all contribute to constipation.
In general, constipation resolves spontaneously. Note that a high intake of fluids, fiber and physical activity can significantly improve the functioning of the digestive system. When these measures are insufficient, suitable laxatives can be used, ideally for short periods. When left untreated, constipation can lead to very serious complications, which is why we should never take it lightly. It is recommended to consult your health care professional to get more information and to help you choose the most appropriate treatment option for your condition!