Can you poop and still be constipated?
Contrary to popular belief, constipation does not refer to bowel movements stopping entirely — the term simply describes changes in the frequency and consistency of bowel movements.
If a person is constipated, it typically means that they have fewer than three bowel movements per week, though experiences vary.
Constipation can make stool harder and drier than usual, which can slow the movement of stool within the body.
Some people may have frequent but incomplete bowel movements. They may return to the bathroom frequently to pass stool, and a doctor may describe this as constipation.
Keep reading to learn more about constipation, including why constipation occurs, how to recognize and treat it, and when to consult a doctor.