Pharmacy Corner
Constipation: Time Goes Slow When You Can’t Go

What is constipation?

Constipation is when you have unsatisfactory bowel movements because of difficulty passing stools, not going as often versus your regular routine, or both.1

What are the common signs of constipation?2

  • Hard or lumpy stools
  • Bloating and discomfort
  • Feeling that you have not completely emptied your bowels
  • Feeling that something is blocking the passage of stools
  • Lots of straining or pushing when having a bowel movement

Am I supposed to go every day?

No, not necessarily. Some people may normally have 3 bowel movements per day, while others may have 1 bowel movement every 3 days. There is no set number of times that a person should go per day – Everyone is unique and it varies for each person.

If I go every day, can I still be constipated?

Yes. Remember that not going as often is only part of the picture. You can still have unsatisfactory bowel movements, and difficulty passing stool even if you go every day.

What is chronic constipation?

Some people may get occasional constipation, where constipation is only short-term and is usually linked to a change in their diet, lifestyle or medications.3 Other people may have long-term constipation (also known as chronic constipation), where you have symptoms of constipation lasting over 3-6 months. If you have been suffering with constipation over several months, it is important that you talk to your healthcare provider.

Did you know?

Did you know?

About 1 in 4 Canadians have symptoms of constipation.3 Not only does it cause discomfort but it can impact a person socially, emotionally and financially.3