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.