When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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:

  1. Celiac disease
  2. Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
  3. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  4. Irritable bowel syndrome
  5. Medication side effects
  6. Ulcerative colitis
Nov. 04, 2014