Learn How Often You Should Poop — and Why You Shouldn’t Force It Out

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When it comes to going number two, the number one question on a lot of people’s minds is how often they should be going poop. Should everyone be going once a day? Maybe once in the morning and another time at night? Is there an actual average amount of times per week a person should be pooping?

According to experts, it’s not so much about how often you poop, as it is how regularly you go. Being on some sort of routine is really what counts the most. Whether you go after every meal, or only three times per week, you are still within normal ranges according to Lifehacker. What’s normal for each individual person is far more important than what is normal for everyone else.

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What you need to be aware of is when your routine changes. If you’ve been sitting upon the throne regularly every morning for as long as you can recall, and suddenly it becomes an every other day event, or less, you may want to check with your doctor. It could be a sign of IBS, celiac disease, or something missing in your diet. Only a doctor can tell you for sure.

Also, if you are having some trouble going and feeling like you need to “force one out,” don’t! Let things happen naturally. If you’ve been trying to go for more than 10-15 minutes, get up and give it a break, as pushing too hard can lead to hemorrhoids, according to Men’s Health.

So, the upshot is: whether you’re dropping one thrice daily or just three times a week, you’re going poop enough, just so long as you’re on your regular schedule.