What Are the Common Causes of Mucus in Bowels?

What Are the Common Causes of Mucus in Bowels?

What Are the Common Causes of Mucus in Bowels?

The bowels create mucus on a regular basis to keep the lining of the colon lubricated and moist, according to the Mayo Clinic. A small amount of mucus in a bowel movement is normal and no reason for concern.

Larger amounts of mucus that occur regularly or accompany bleeding in the stool is a reason to talk with a doctor, warns Mayo Clinic. Mucus that accompanies changes in bowel habits is also a cause for concern. An increase in the amount of mucus is sometimes an indicator of an infection, while bloody mucus or abdominal pain with mucus can indicate a serious condition, such as ulcerative colitis, Crone’s disease or cancer.