Constipation is a common but painful condition that occurs when bowel movements become infrequent or difficult. It can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, stress, pregnancy, cancer, depression, and more. The best way to prevent constipation is eating a healthy diet, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. Laxatives can help relieve constipation. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes constipation, how to treat it, and more.
Why Can’t I Poop?
Can’t go? You’re not alone. Over 42 million Americans have bowel movements less than three times a week.
Treatment for Constipation
WebMD's guide to the diagnosis and treatment of constipation.
Symptoms of Constipation
Learn more about the symptoms of constipation from WebMD.
The Basics of Constipation
WebMD's guide to constipation, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Chronic Constipation: Facts vs. Myths
Chronic constipation is a common problem that can often be relieved by following a multifaceted lifestyle approach to treatment.
Tips to Ease Your Fear of Pooping in Public Places
Worried you’ll have an urgent need to hit the restroom when you’re away from home? Here’s how to be prepared.
The Truth About Baby Poop: Colored Stool and Diarrhea in Infants
Find out what color changes, diarrhea, and frequency of baby poop may say about your baby's health.
Fiber and Digestion Problems
Whether you have diarrhea or constipation, fiber can help regulate digestive system.
The Truth About Constipation
Leading GI specialist and psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas A. Drossman, gives frank advice on what to do about constipation.
Constipated? Check Your Diet
Constipated? Check your diet to see if you're getting all the right nutrients like fiber.
Constipation & Hydration
Are you drinking enough water to stay regular?
Video: Should You Sit or Squat to Poop?
Our modern-day toilet might be a poor design. Is it better to squat instead of sit while going No. 2? Pop a squat and get the rundown before you run to the restroom.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Easing Constipation on Vacation
Don't worry about bathroom problems when you travel. See how to prevent and treat constipation when you're on vacation.
Slideshow: Myths and Facts About Constipation
Constipated? See why you may be having problems with your bowel movements and whether fiber, water, and exercise can help with constipation.
What Kind of Poop Do I Have?
The Bristol Stool Scale is a way to talk about shapes and types of poop, what doctors call stools. It's also known as the Meyers Scale.
Slideshow: High-Fiber Super Foods
You know you should be eating more fiber. See some of the best fiber food sources – from whole grains to fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds.