Constipation is characterized by an infrequency in bowel movements, which occur less than 3 times per week.

Symptoms include hardened stool, abdominal bloating, discomfort, and a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying that can lead to straining. Experiencing constipation on a regular basis is a health concern, which requires investigation, as it may be one of many possible hypothyroidism symptoms.

If you experience chronic constipation, you should seek medical attention to determine whether or not the cause is hypothyroidism.

If you are experiencing hypothyroidism symptoms, it is recommended to speak to your physician about getting a thyroid test done.

References

Bharucha, A.E.; Dorn, S.D.; Lembo, A.; Pressman, A. (2013). American Gastroenterological Association Medical Position Statement on Constipation. Gastroenterology. 144:211–217.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2012.10.029

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