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How many times a day should I have a bowel movement?

How many times a day should I have a bowel movement?

Depends: More than three per day, or fewer than one every three days, or if they are difficult, suggests a problem. Beyond this, everything you'll be told is folklore / superstition. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much ? Is that normal?

Hi I have a bowel movement about 3-4 times a day. It is hard and brown. Is 3-4 times a day too much ? Is that normal?

Hard poop = abnormal: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more

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I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?

I have a bowel movement at least twice a day, but at times it is flat-ish on top and bottom. It is about 2 inches in diameter. Should I be concerned?

No: If you're stool pattern is two stools per day that are flat on the top and bottom and there's been no major change this is not usually significant. It would be a concern if your stools were pencil thin or bleeding in your stools or abdominal pain or inability to pass tools ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less?.

Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less?.

Normal depends on u: Sometimes people move their bowels everyday. Some people move their bowels less. Some more. People and their bowels are pretty unique and things can change with stress levels, diet, exercise, etc. Normal is a pretty broad term when it comes to bowels. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement everytime after i eat something? I go to the bathroom 5-8 times a day

Is it normal to have a bowel movement everytime after i eat something? I go to the bathroom 5-8 times a day

Ibs: This is suggestive of an exaggerated gastrocolic reflex and is commonly seen in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). As always, you should see your doctor to exclude other potential causes. ...Read more

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For years now i only have bowel movement once a day. But i struggle at times.

1/day-normal.constip: Bm daily is normal. May need more fluid, fiber, activity. Meds, diet, mood, activity can all affect. Prior surgery, pregnancy, childbirth (vaginal or csection) can affect. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How often should i have bowel movement? I've heard some people have it like 3 or 4 times day

Everyone different: A person's bowel transit time varies. Some people have BMs 2-3x/day while others go every 3-7 days. A lot of this can be diet-related. High fiber diet and staying hydrated will lead to more regularity in stooling. Some inflammatory bowel disorders and some infections can increase the transit time (more stools during the day). Irritable bowel syndrome can increase or decrease BM frequency... ...Read more

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more


Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more