The doctor will most likely ask you questions about your bowel movement, so you might want to take note of the following signs and symptoms and see if you experience any of them.
Infrequent and difficult bowel movements
If you want to know if you have chronic constipation, you need to check how many times you pass stool.
According to reports, if you experience less than 3 bowel movements in a week for three months or longer, you could be suffering from chronic constipation.
Difficulty in passing stool
If you’re having difficulty passing stool, you might be suffering from constipation. But how will you know when it’s “difficult” to defecate?
Experts say it’s when you are “pushing too hard” or in other words, you’re straining.
You have hard stool
A normal, healthy stool is “sausage or snake-shaped”. Typically, its diameter resembles that of a banana and it has a soft, smooth texture.
Another characteristic of healthy stool is that it remains intact when you flush it. This indicates that the stool has an adequate amount of water in it.