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Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week. Constipation usually is caused by the slow movement of stool through the colon. There are many causes of constipation including:

  • medications,
  • poor bowel habits,
  • low fiber diets,
  • abuse of laxatives,
  • hormonal disorders, and
  • diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon.

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