5 Common Signs You’re Constipated

Discomfort, days of waiting and, sometimes, tears are only some of the things constipated people go through on a daily basis.

You know that expression, “It looks like you’re constipated,” referring to your facial expression? That means you have a pained look; an expression that conveys you’ve been suffering.


The suffering is real. There is no pleasure derived from constipation. A person is supposed to poop every day or at least regularly, not twice a week. Moving your bowels should give you a feeling of relief, not pain and more suffering.

So how do you know you’re constipated? Here are some common signs:


1.You poop less than three times a week,

[ Constipation. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/constipation/symptoms-causes/syc-20354253)]. While it is not true that you should move your bowels every day in order to be in the non-constipated category[ How many times a day should you poop?. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-many-times-should-you-poop-a-day], less than three times a week is too much.

2.Your poop is painful, dry and dark.

According to the Bristol Stool Chart[ Bristol stool chart. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.continence.org.au/pages/bristol-stool-chart.html),], if your stool is hard to pass, lumpy and shaped like nuts, you are constipated. You are doing okay if your stool looks like a sausage, has cracks on the surface and is soft and smooth. It is not true that your stools need to be very soft. In fact, having very soft stools that are bordering on being almost liquid is a sign that there is a problem.

3.You’re always gassy.

Yes, it can be embarrassing to always be farting, especially when you’re in a public place or, heaven forbid, while out on a date! But being flatulent can be a sign of constipation. Yes, farting isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re on the verge of pooping. Having stored feces makes it difficult for a constipation to pass gas normally and this can result in flatulence[ Lakhotia, S. (n.d.) Constipation and flatulence. Retrieved from http://www.best-constipation-remedies.com/constipationandflatulence.html].

4.Bleeding.

If you see blood in your stool, you may be constipated. Having bloody stools can be caused by anal fissures resulting from hard bowel movement[  Cloe, A. (2017, August 14). Can constipation cause blood in stool?. Retrieved from https://www.livestrong.com/article/15589-can-constipation-cause-blood-stool/]. But it can also mean there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. It is best to have it checked by a doctor.

5.You need a laxative to poop.

Laxatives stimulate the lining of the intestine to haste the stool's journey through the colon. They also help increase stool's hydration[ Safely using laxatives for constipation. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/laxatives-for-constipation-using-them-safely].

It’s not true that taking laxatives is an unhealthy habit. There is no evidence that use of stimulant laxatives leads to serious health problems [ Muller-Lissner, S., Kamm, M., Scarpignato, C., Wald, A. (2005, January 1). Myths and misconceptions about chronic constipation. The American Journal of Gastroenterology 100, 232-242. DOI: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2004.40885.x].

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