Why GPs need to talk about poo

Conversations about faeces tend to cause patients to squirm, but a frank discussion can often overcome concerns.

Normal stools will be different for everyone — shape, texture, consistency, frequency, colour and odour are dependent on age, diet, medications, lifestyle, anatomy, body function and illness. 


Opening the bowels in a consistent pattern, such as once a day, two or three times a day or even once every two to three days can be considered “normal”.

The ideal is soft, well-formed stools which are easily