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What do normal bowel movements look like?

What do normal bowel movements look like?

Soft, loose, yellow: Babies older than a week should have yellowish poops with the thickness of mustard or thick spaghetti sauce. Breastfeeding babies can have even looser poops. Formula-fed babies have firmer poops, but poop that holds shape would be too firm for the first 3-4 months of life. Poop gets darker, with brown/green colors blended in, and also gets firmer, as a baby gets older.

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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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I have a few red bumps that look like pimples or razor bumps on my inner butt cheek and it hurts to have a bowel movement. Anus is sore and red. ?

I have a few red bumps that look like pimples or razor bumps on my inner butt cheek and it hurts to have a bowel movement. Anus is sore and red. ?

Where is it exactly?: Are they blistered? If you've engaged in anal intercourse consider warts, herpes, molluscum contagiosum, though only herpes usually stings. What is the exact location? Could they be hemorrhoids, +/- thrombosed, especially while straining.

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Why does my bowel movement come out like powder ?

Why does my bowel movement come out like powder ?

Explanation : For professional answer we need to know more about you. Your age, your medical problems , diet and many other questions, like how often, how long and so on. Please, be more specific next time.

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What does an ideal bowel movement look or feel like?

What does an ideal bowel movement look or feel like?

Bristol stool score: There is a 7 point stool score with photos. Ideally you would have the 3, 4 score. Type 6 is too fluffy and type 1 is too hard.

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Why did it feel like a heavy load when i took a bowel movement?

Why did it feel like a heavy load when i took a bowel movement?

Can you elaborate?: Not sure I understand your question? Did you feel you passed a "heavy load" or still felt full after defecation (e.g. incompletely empty)?

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Hurts when passing bowel movements. I feel pain in one area like ripping.

Hurts when passing bowel movements. I feel pain in one area like ripping.

Most common: diagnosis in your age group is an internal hemorrhoid or an anal fissure...both are very treatable and your Family Physician or GYN can diagnose and most likely treat. In the meantime SITZ baths (Sitting in the tub and adding hot water) are very helpful! Hope this is useful Dr Z

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When I have a bowel movement it a mucas like substance around it why is that?

When I have a bowel movement it a mucas like substance around it why is that?

Infection: Mucous in the stool is usually a sign of inflammation or infection. It would be wise to have your blood counts checked for signs of infection and a stool test for wbcs, ova & parasites, culture and blood.

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Are there any disorders/diseases that make you feel like you need to have a bowel movement?

Yes: Pelvic fullness can cause pressure on the rectum from ovarian cysts or enlarged uteri with fibroids.

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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...

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement and when you wipe it has a snot like substance come out?

Absolutely: A bit of extra mucus lying free is normal. The colon makes far more than your nose does just to keep things lubricated, though we seldom realize it. If it is abundant or persisent, do let your doctor know; you may have anything from functional bowel syndrome to a mucus-producing tumor.

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Should my bowel movements be in sync. Like at the same time each week. Or should they come at anytime?

Bowel movements: There is no normal for how often or how regular to have a movement. Once every day or every other day is good. If your movement have not changed then this is good. A worry sign is changing bms or blood.

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Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Whenever I have a bowel movement i feel like i haven t completely emptied my bowels, and continually feel like i need to go?

Need some tests: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Testing will define if your incomplete emptying is due to inflammation, rectal/anal dysfunction, partial obstruction due to mass, stenosis, obstipation, extrinsic, or is a functional issue.

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I have been noticing thin black string like things after a normal bowel movement in the toilet. They are about 1/2 in long and thin.

I have been noticing thin black string like things after a normal bowel movement in the toilet. They are about 1/2 in long and thin.

Food fibers: Undigested fibers in the food are the most likely explanation. It is not a disorder and should not be of any concern. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex.

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I'm having crazy bowel movements when I go it comes out like small flakes in one go and quite quick aswell been like that for two weeks now ?

I'm having crazy bowel movements when I go it comes out like small flakes in one go and quite quick aswell been like that for two weeks now ?

Altered BM: Any sudden but persistent change in bowel habit should be evaluated. If you have had a significant change in your diet or exercise routine, that might be the cause...Or if you have recently started or stopped a medication or supplement. Recent respiratory or other illness could contribute as well. See your doctor to check for anatomical concerns.

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Hi, last week i only had 1 bowel movement and it's been like that since after New Years. Sometimes i get 2 bowels. Could there be something wrong?

Hi, last week i only had 1 bowel movement and it's been like that since after New Years. Sometimes i get 2 bowels. Could there be something wrong?

This certainly can: be normal at your age. If it's a change, it may be from a dietary change. If you are not uncomfortable/in pain/no blood in stool, you can just observe. You can try increasing your fluid and fiber intake to see if that helps you have more bowel movements. If that doesn't help or you are having pain or bleeding, you should contact your doctor to be examined.

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