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.
The Basics of Constipation
WebMD's guide to constipation, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Symptoms of Constipation
Learn more about the symptoms of constipation from WebMD.
When to Get Help for Constipation
Dealing with constipation again? Find out when it’s time to get medical help.
Chronic Constipation: Facts vs. Myths
Chronic constipation is a common problem that can often be relieved by following a multifaceted lifestyle approach to treatment.
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.
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.
Pregnancy 101: Things Mom Never Told You
You know about the stretch marks and the morning sickness, but there are many other pregnancy symtpoms. Find out what to expect during pregnancy.
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?
Concerned about Constipation?
Should you be worried about your irregularity? Learn more about constipation and your body's response to various triggers.
Slideshows & Images
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.
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: A Visual Guide to Irritable Bowel Syndrome
WebMD's overview covers IBS symptoms, causes, medicines, and trigger foods, as well as lifestyle tips for managing this disruptive, but common, irritable bowel condition.
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.