Constipation occurs when one has infrequent or uncomfortable bowel movements (i.e. straining for a long time). It is a very common condition affecting people of all ages.
"Normal" frequencies of bowel movements can range between 3x a week to 3x a day, depending on the individual, as long as it is relatively consistent and comfortable.
It’s important to note that constipation is a symptom, not a disease in itself. Get assessed by a colorectal doctor should you require a more in-depth evaluation and treatment.
Not only will doing so make your quality of life much better, it can also prevent certain complications from arising.
If you have done all you can to alleviate your constipation (e.g. staying active, well-hydrated, eating a high-fibre diet), definitely get checked out by a colorectal doctor to determine if there is an underlying cause which can be treated as soon as possible.
Nobody should suffer in silence from constipation, which is a very treatable condition if managed correctly. Treatment is usually conservative in nature, comprising a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes, medications and therapies. Surgery is rarely needed in the majority of cases. Should there be underlying medical conditions present, those will be treated accordingly as well.