If you're having more bowel movements 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

Diseases and other conditions that may make you have more frequent bowel movements include:

  1. Celiac disease
  2. Crohn's disease
  3. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  4. Irritable bowel syndrome
  5. Medication side effect
  6. Ulcerative colitis

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

Nov. 05, 2011