Constipation is common and affects people of all ages, with studies suggesting that 20% of the population currently struggle with achieving a regular bowel movement. You can usually treat it at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
It’s likely to be constipation if:
- you have not had a bowel movement at least 3 times in a week
- your bowel movements are frequently difficult to complete,
or larger than usual
- your bowel movements are often dry, hard or lumpy
You may also have a stomach ache and feel bloated or nauseous.