When to seek medical advice

Consult your doctor if your constipation:

  • Is more severe than usual
  • Lasts longer than usual
  • Alternates with diarrhea
  • Is accompanied by abdominal or rectal pain, rectal bleeding, blood in your stool, black stools, or unexplained weight loss

Constipation in adults

Find possible causes of constipation based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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