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What is a normal frequency of bowel movements?
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Usually 1-2 per day.
There is quite a bit of variability, but 1-2 bowel movements per day is typical.
If yours are less frequent, you may need to drink more water each day (8-10 glasses) or increase your intake of fruit & vegetable fiber. Finally, if you still have problems, see your doctor to make sure there are no other relevant intestinal issues.

In brief: Usually 1-2 per day.
There is quite a bit of variability, but 1-2 bowel movements per day is typical.
If yours are less frequent, you may need to drink more water each day (8-10 glasses) or increase your intake of fruit & vegetable fiber. Finally, if you still have problems, see your doctor to make sure there are no other relevant intestinal issues.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: "Normal" bowels
When defining "normal" for most things in medicine, consider a bell curve.
Regarding stool frequency, "normal" is anywhere from 3 movements a day to once every 3-4 days. The peak of the bell curve (ie. Most common) is the magic 1 movement a day that everyone thinks is "normal." the bristol stool scale can also be used to define "normal" stool texture. Your doctor can help find "your normal.".

In brief: "Normal" bowels
When defining "normal" for most things in medicine, consider a bell curve.
Regarding stool frequency, "normal" is anywhere from 3 movements a day to once every 3-4 days. The peak of the bell curve (ie. Most common) is the magic 1 movement a day that everyone thinks is "normal." the bristol stool scale can also be used to define "normal" stool texture. Your doctor can help find "your normal.".
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