Constipation, or lack of being able to empty bowels, happens to everyone at some point. It can be painful and uncomfortable. There is also no “normal” as it pertains to frequency of bowel movements. Usually, constipation can be relieved by drinking more water and slowly adding more fiber to your diet. It is not recommended that you resort to an over-the-counter laxative as these can worsen your symptoms. If you have chronic constipation, make an appointment with your gastroenterologist.