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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.


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.


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...


Healthy bowel movements come in a wide range of colors, from different shades of brown to green, explains Mayo Clinic. The color of stool depends on the food the person ate and the amount of bile in his stool.


Causes of blood in a bowel movement include hemorrhoids, an anal fissure, an anal abscess, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease, according to Cleveland Clinic. The color of the blood helps determine where the blood is coming from, helping to diagnose the condit...


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.