Constipation can affect people of all ages, though it is more common in people over 65.
Constipation is having the following two things:
- not having bowel movements (known as faeces, stools or poo) more than twice in one week
- having to strain (push) hard stools or feeling that the bowel movement wasn’t complete
Making sure you poo often is important for staying healthy. It plays a big role in how you feel (physically and emotionally) whilst also removing waste from your body.