Frequent stools can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose frequent stools, we could:
|Vitamin D Need||4%||Ruled out|
|Lactose Intolerance||1%||Ruled out|
|Food Allergies||1%||Ruled out|
Do you have a tendency toward frequent bowel movements / stools?
Possible responses:→ No / not applicable / don't know
→ Somewhat, have 2-3 stools per day
→ Yes, have 4-5 stools per day
→ Yes, have 6-7 stools per day
→ Yes, 8 or more stools per day
IBS-D (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea) leads to increased stool water content, softer/looser stools, and more frequent urges to defecate.
Loose, watery stools are signs of lactose malabsorption / lactase deficiency.
Ulcerative colitis may result in an increased urgency to defecate, up to 10 or 20 times per day.