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How often should one have bowel movements?

I don't pass my stools often--like every 3 days. I'm 35 years old and male. How often do you think I should be passing bowel movements?

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The "normal" range for bowel movements is from 1 stool every 3 days to 3 stool per day. However, even if you in this range, if you are uncomfortable with 1 stool every 3 days, then this is not the right bowel habit for you and you will want to aim for a stool every other day or daily. Okay to change diet (more fruits, vegetables), add fiber, use over-the-counter laxatives.
May varies based on your "normal" pattern. Preferably at least every other day.
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It’s ideal to have one or two bowel movements daily.