Frequent bowel movements happen when you have more bowel movements than what’s typical for you. There’s no set number that defines frequent bowel movements. You may consider several a day to be unusual, especially if it’s a change from what you usually experience. Frequent bowel movements without other symptoms might be caused by your lifestyle, such as eating more fiber. Symptoms such as watery stools and belly cramps might signal a problem.
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