Po(o)p Quiz: What’s Normal in the Bathroom?

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Think of it as your personal garbage disposal: Your colon (aka your bowel or large intestine) absorbs minerals and water from food before pushing the remains out into the toilet where they belong. A lot can go wrong in that seemingly simple process, though, leading to conditions from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

RELATED: 18 Reasons Why Your Stomach Hurts

IBS “is a term doctors use to describe gastrointestinal issues such as recurrent diarrhea, bloating and/or constipation that they can’t explain,” says Alex Ky, MD, a colorectal surgeon at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. IBD is a group of diseases and the two most common in women are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Symptoms of both include chronic diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss, says Dr. Ky.

RELATED: 15 Diseases Doctors Often Get Wrong

Conditions like these can be difficult to diagnose. So what’s a healthy bowel movement? Check your stool know-how with our quiz.

poop-quiz

RELATED: 10 Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Advertisement

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,817,113 other followers

Powered by WordPress.com VIP