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:

  • Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which increases fiber intake
  • Getting regular exercise or increasing your exercise
  • Drinking more water

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.

Nov. 04, 2014