How often should I open my bowels?
Should my stools smell?
What if my stool colour looks is discoloured?
When should I worry?
Please read on to find the answer to these common questions....
Normal- Several times a day to several times a week
Abnormal- Any sudden change in bowel habits
Normal- Soft, sausage shaped
Abnormal- Hard, dry, pebble-like or difficult/painful to pass (constipation) or watery and unformed (diarrhoea)
Normal- Brown although foods such as beetroot can impact on stool colour
Abnormal- Very dark/black or very light grey/brown
Normal- Smelly stools are normal due to large intestine bacteria
Abnormal- Unusually strong or putrid smelling stools
Normal- Some wind/gas
Abnormal- Excessive wind/gas
Other Red Flags
Blood in the stool
Bowel motions at night
Sudden changes in bowel habits