About CIC and its symptoms

Constipation is common

Constipation is something that everyone has likely experienced at one time or another. But for some people, long periods of constipation without a known cause could be a condition called Chronic Idiopathic Constipation, or CIC.

CIC is a common, but often frustrating, gastrointestinal condition experienced by as many as 1 in 7 U.S. adults.

1 in 7 U.S. adults have CIC
1 in 7 U.S. adults
have CIC

People with CIC can experience:

  • Less than 3 bowel movements a week
  • Hard-to-pass bowel movements
  • Bloating
  • Straining
  • Discomfort
  • Not feeling empty after a bowel movement

If you are experiencing any of the above, and feel like you’re stuck living in the bathroom, now may be the time to talk to your doctor about your treatment goals.


Otherwise known as “long-lasting”


This means that the cause is unknown


Usually defined as having hard bowel movements fewer than 3 times per week (although this number can change depending on what you normally experience)