There’s no real thing as “normal” when it comes to how often you move your bowels. It’s different for everyone. But, if your bowel movements are changing and becoming more difficult or less frequent, that could be a clue. If you’re having less than 3 bowel movements a week and/or your stools are hard, dry, and small, which makes them difficult or painful to pass, you may be constipated.
If you have tried the suggestions mentioned on this website and you still have occasional constipation, you may consider taking an over-the-counter laxative. Several kinds are available, including stool softeners, bulk forming laxatives, and "stimulant" laxatives. Stimulant laxatives are those that contain any of the following active ingredients: bisacodyl, cascara sagrada, senna, or sennosides. As with all medications, it is very important to follow the directions on the label. Link to the back label