How Often Should You Have a Bowel Movement?


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According to Everyday Health, cycles for regular bowel movements vary from person to person. A person can expect to have a bowel movement as many as three times a day or as few as three times a week and have the movement frequency still be normal.

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Everyday Health explains that when it comes to bowel movements, bowel patterns matter more than an isolated frequency number. WebMD says that some factors affecting bowel movement frequency are a person's age, activity intensity and what he eats and drinks; however, the more time fecal matter sits in the body, the more solid it becomes and the harder it becomes to pass.

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