Symptom: Frequent bowel movements

    There's not a generally accepted clinical definition for frequent bowel movements. Most people consider several bowel movements a day to at least be unusual, particularly if this pattern is a change from what's normal.

    However, if nothing else about your bowel movements is different — no loose, watery stools, abdominal cramping or bloody stool — the change is probably not a sign of any illness.

    Frequent bowel movements

    If you're having bowel movements more often than usual, chances are you've made some change in your lifestyle. You may, for example, be:

    More-frequent bowel movements could also be related to a mild, self-limiting illness that will take care of itself. If there are no other signs or symptoms, you're probably in good health.

    Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.


    See your doctor if more-frequent bowel movements are also accompanied by any of the following signs or symptoms:

    • Changes in the consistency, volume or appearance of your bowel movements, such as repeatedly passing narrow, ribbon-like stools or loose, watery stools
    • Abdominal pain
    • Blood, mucus or pus in your feces

    Diseases and other conditions that may cause such signs and symptoms include:


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