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As of June 2014, there's no accepted standard for healthy bowel movements, according to the Mayo Clinic. The number of bowel movements is highly individual and can range from three bowel movements a day to three a week, states the Mayo Clinic.


Bowel movement problems are caused by a person's diet, bacterial infections, stress, certain medications and some cancers, states WebMD. People may have infrequent or difficult passing of bowel movements or experience constipation; loose, watery stools; or diarrhea.


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.


The length of time a person can or should go without a bowel movement varies greatly from person to person. Going three days without a bowel movement is considered too long because stool becomes harder and more difficult to pass.


There is no average size for bowel movements, according to Cleveland Clinic. Size, shape and consistency vary significantly among individuals. People should be concerned if they notice variations from their typical routines that do not go away quickly.


There is no normal frequency of bowel movements, according to WebMD. Most doctors use average frequencies to gauge healthy bowel function, which means that the "normal" range could be several times a day or a few times a week.


Dry bowel movements, also known as constipation, can be caused by the colon absorbing too much water or by the inadequacy of dietary fiber, according to Prevention Magazine. It is a condition in which a person experiences the passage of dry stool, resulting in infrequen...