In other words, you are the only person who knows when your pooping is off. But don't freak out if things are temporarily out of whack -- you could have just eaten something that clogged you up, or just not had Chipotle that day.
"The problem occurs when there’s a change in your normal," Dr. Ganjhu adds. "If things change for just a day or two, that can happen. But if there's acute constipation or blood, it’s a good idea to get checked out. Think about any changes in stress, diet, water, or if you’ve taken any supplements or probiotics."
The older you get, the more your pooping becomes a big deal
Apparently, changes in your bowel movements in your "golden years" can be more pressing than those of your youth.
"A lot of the times, if [a patient is] older, it’s a new medication, or diet. But when you’re older some changes can be linked to colon cancer, so I always research a little more there," says Dr. Ganjhu. "And the older you are, the more aware you are of your habits. So it’s easier to know when something is off."
There's such a thing as emotional "poo pressure"
People love to talk about poop; it's universal, yet intimate. Talking shit with your partner may even be a sign of a healthy relationship, even if it's about unhealthy bathroom patterns.