If you're having bowel movements more often, chances are you've made some change in your lifestyle. For example, you may be eating more whole grains, which increases fiber intake.

More-frequent bowel movements also could be related to a mild illness that will take care of itself. If there are no other symptoms, you're probably in good health.

Diseases and other conditions that may cause frequent bowel movements and other symptoms include:

  1. Salmonella infection (or other infections that may occur from bacteria)
  2. Rotavirus
  3. Giardia infection (giardiasis) (or other infections causes by parasites)
  4. Celiac disease
  5. Crohn's disease
  6. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  7. Irritable bowel syndrome
  8. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (or other medication side effects)
  9. Ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)

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

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Nov. 04, 2022