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 whole grains, which increases fiber intake.
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.
Diseases and other conditions that may cause such signs and symptoms include:
- Celiac disease
- Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Medication side effects
- Ulcerative colitis
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Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
- Wilkinson John (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Nov. 9, 2017.
- Cooper DN, et al. The effects of moderate whole grain consumption on fasting glucose and lipids, gastrointestinal symptoms, and microbiota. Nutrients. 2017; 9:173.
- Evaluation of the GI patient. The Merck Manual Professional Edition. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal_disorders/approach_to_the_gi_patient/evaluation_of_the_gi_patient.html?qt=frequent bowel movement&alt=sh. Accessed Nov. 9, 2017.
- Celiac disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Understanding celiac disease. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ibd/what-is-IBD.htm. Accessed Nov. 15, 2017.
- Hyperthyroidism (Overactive thyroid). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/endocrine-diseases/hyperthyroidism. Accessed Nov. 15, 2017.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome. Accessed Nov. 15, 2017.