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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Constipation in Adults

We have already reviewed the forms of laxative treatments that might be helpful to constipation. Before you reach for laxatives to relieve your symptoms, you should consider your basic bowel hygiene and habits.

Do you need to strain (forcefully contract) the muscles in your abdomen or pelvis in order to have bowel movements?

Yes, I need to strain.

No, I do not need to strain.

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