Is it normal to pass stool 3 times daily?

This question was asked in Kansas City, Missouri on 03/27/2012.
Every day, I go to the bathroom to pass stool 3 times. Is it normal? Is it constipation? Is it diarrhea? Do I need a colonoscopy to diagnose the issue?

Doctors Answers (1)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 3/28/2012

3 times a day can be normal. However, if it is a new change then you should see your doctor. If you are over 50, you should have a colonoscopy. If you have any family history, you should have a colonoscopy.