Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Constipation in Adults
If the path out of your rectum is partly blocked due to your anatomy, you are likely to have some specific symptoms relating to your constipation.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
Presence of solid stool (either soft or hard) that remains in your rectum after a bowel movement
A need to use your finger to remove stool from your rectum
A need to push your fingers into your rectum or against the skin near your rectum in order to have bowel movements or to urinate
A need to position yourself on the toilet in unconventional ways in order to have a bowel movement
A sensation of a blockage in your rectum during bowel movements
Urges to have bowel movements (felt in your pelvis) that do not lead to successful passing of stool