If you have questions about constipation, you're not alone. An estimated 42 million Americans have issues with constipation, making constipation one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the country.

Constipation is defined as abnormally delayed or infrequent bowel movements or dry, hardened feces. Discomfort and straining from the passage of hard, dry stools are frequently associated with constipation.

Browse the topics below for information and advice to help you and your family understand, avoid and treat your occasional constipation.