Change in Bowel Habits

A Change in Bowel Habits is a change from what is usual for your bowel pattern. This includes pain, diarrhea, constipation, bowel movements more often or less often than usual, a change in the control over when you have a bowel movement, or a change in the way your stool looks – the color, consistency, or shape. Cause for bowel changes can range from not so serious to very serious, so it is important to see your doctor when there is a change in bowel habits.