Constipation is a condition where you produce a stool less than three times a week. It is accompanied by problems such as hard stool, straining, the need to sit on the toilet for longer and a feeling of incomplete disembowelment, as if your bowels did not completely empty aftewards.
The whole “business“ on the toilet – including the administrative (paper) part
– is done within a few minutes if digestion works well.
If you have to spend 20 minutes on the toilet, then you are probably constipated.
Gastroenterologists (doctors specializing in diseases of the digestive system) have a bit more complex definition of constipation, using criteria. According to three criteria, constipation is defined as a condition in which a person who doesn’t take laxatives reports at least two of the following symptoms in any 12 week period during the past 12 months: