Tue 02, Feb 2021

There are some simple things you can look for to check your bowel habits and function. 


Bowel motions are also known as faeces, stools or poo. Bowel habits can be very individual (different from person to person). 


  • You don’t need to rush. You can hold on after you feel the urge, until you reach the toilet. 
  • Your toilet experience is easy and without pain. You don’t need to strain on the toilet (force or push very hard) and your poo is soft and easy to pass. 
  • You don’t have to wait. You aren’t spending a long time on the toilet after you feel the urge to go. 
  • You completely empty your bowel. You don’t have to return to the toilet soon after. 

Q. How often do you think it’s normal to poo? 

Once a day, twice a day, three times a day, every second day, three times a week. 

Answer: All of these are normal! It could be anywhere from 1 – 3 times a day to 3 times a week. 

Read more about bowel health.

If you think you may need help with your bowel control health, you’re not alone. One in 20 Australians have a bowel control problem. You can phone the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 or talk to your doctor for more information and advice. 

This story was first published in Bridge Magazine. Subscribe and receive Bridge straight to your inbox.