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Is it normal to be constipated?

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Just about everyone has trouble going to the bathroom at some point. If you're not having bowel movements as often as you used to, usually it's no cause for worry. Often, constipation will go away on its own within a few days or get better after you use laxatives or another constipation treatment.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation."

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Constipation."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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