Healthy bowel: Irregular bowel movements, frequent bowel movements, painful bowel movement

irregularbowel-We move our bowels about once a day, or at least we should. However, there are many conditions that can lead to irregular bowel movements not only causing abdominal pain but also leading to decreases in quality of life. We here at Bel Marra recognized the importance of having healthy bowel movements and have taken the time to compile a list of our best articles on the subject. You will find information on the causes of frequent and painful bowel movements, what a change in bowel habit means, as wells the ins and outs of gastrointestinal perforation.

What causes irregular bowel movements?

If you have more than three loose stools a day or less than four stools in total each week, you have irregular bowel movements.


Both diarrhea and constipation can be a big problem. Aside from the fact that irregular bowel movements can be uncomfortable, many people are embarrassed about it, especially those who are unable to control movements. These people are often afraid to socialize or go out in public for fear of needing to suddenly rush to a washroom or worse, have an accident. Continue reading

frequent-bowel-movementsFrequent bowel movements: The causes and how to stop it

Experiencing frequent bowel moments is something we all have had to deal with at some point in our lives, whether it was due to bad food or a particularly nasty illness. Frequent bowel movements generally mean we have diarrhea, which may show up alongside cramping, bloating, abdominal discomfort, urgency, and possibly nausea and vomiting.

It typically occurs as a result of some problem occurring in the gastrointestinal tract, be it an acute infection or a reaction to a recently administered medication. With more serious conditions, frequent bowel moments are just another presenting symptom that coincides with additional symptoms of muscle aches, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. Continue reading

painful-bowel-movementPainful bowel movement: Causes and how to cure it

Experiencing a painful bowel movement is never a pleasant experience. It can also be referred to as straining to defecate, painful intestinal cramps, and pain while defecating. Typically, when you pass stool, it should be neither painful nor difficult, but require minimal or moderate effort without inducing pain. Having pain before and during bowel movement is considered an abnormal occurrence and can signify an underlying process affecting the defecation mechanism and your digestive tract as a whole. Continue reading.

what-causes-change-in-bowel-moevmentsWhat causes a change in bowel habits?


Experiencing a change in bowel habits is a huge inconvenience. We normally have some control over when we choose to go to the bathroom, and our body gives us some time to hold it in before we get there. But sometimes we experience a sudden change in bowel habits that make us desperately search for the nearest toilet, or unfortunately, not make it there in time.

Everyone goes about their basic need to expel waste from the body in their own way, with there being a commonality between them. Having one or two bowel movements on a daily basis is normal, but there are instances where this does not hold true. Continue reading

gastrointestinalGastrointestinal perforation: Causes of a perforated bowel and how to treat it

Gastrointestinal perforation, also known as a perforated bowel, is when there is a hole somewhere in the lower digestive tract. This can be in the stomach, small intestine, or large bowel. This condition leads to compromised intestinal contents, potentially leading to spillage into the peritoneal cavity. There are generally two types of bowel perforation. Continue reading