What is Constipation?
Constipation is a very common problem, for some people it is pretty serious.
The incidence of constipation in western societies ranges between 10-27%. It may occur at any age, but it is definitely more common in people aged >60 years (~20%) and reaches 40% in people aged >75. Constipation is more common among women than among men at a ~2.5/1 ratio.
The term constipation does not suggest a disease but, rather, a range of symptoms associated with the movement of the large bowel and/or the mechanism of defecation.
The evaluation of constipation is a very personal matter.