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Are you worried about your Frequent Bowel Movements?

What causes Frequent Bowel Movements?

Changes to your regular bowel movement patterns can often be attributed to small changes that you have made to your everyday life. Dietary changes like an increase in the amount of fibre you are eating can cause you to have bowel movements more often than usual.

Conditions that are commonly related to frequent bowel movements include salmonella infection and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), see below for a full list of potential causes and conditions.

What can you do at home?

Increase in your bowel movements may not be cause for medical concern, provided there are no more pressing symptoms present like pain, or bleeding. If you have recently changed your diet to include more fruits, veg, and whole grains, this is likely the reason.

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You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Although more frequent bowel movements are not usually a cause for great concern, if accompanied by any of the following symptoms it is recommended that you seek further medical attention:

 

  • Blood in your stool
  • Pain, swelling or bloating in your abdomen
  • Weight Loss
  • Fever
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Loss of bowel control (Incontinence)
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Possible Causes and Related Conditions
  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (or other medication side effects)
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Giardia infection (giardiasis) (or other infections causes by parasites)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rotavirus (or infections caused by other viruses)
  • Salmonella infection (or other infections that may occur from bacteria)
  • Ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can haemorrhoids cause frequent bowel movements?

Haemorrhoids can be painful and uncomfortable especially during a flare up. As a result, you may experience painful bowel movements. When suffering with haemorrhoids it is common to have a constant feeling of frequent bowel movements and needed to go more.

Haemorrhoids can be managed by speaking to a doctor to find the best solution for you.

Can frequent bowel movements cause weight loss?

Weight loss due to frequent bowel movements is a short-term symptom for some however, it is not a solution to lose weight. If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss and are looking to find the root cause of the issue, then please speak with a doctor who will be able to perform tests to find the cause of unexplained weight loss.