What’s normal: A sausage or snake shape, either with cracks in the surface (type 3) or smooth and soft (type 4)
According to the Bristol Stool Form Scale, there are seven types of tool.
(hard lumps resembling nuts) and type 2
(sausage-shaped and lumpy) may mean that you are not drinking enough water and are constipated. Constipation is uncomfortable at the least, but if waste is not being eliminated, it can lead to pain, lack of appetite, straining that results in hemorrhoids, or more serious issues like colon cancer.
Type 5 (soft blobs with clear-cut edges), type 6 (mushy, fluffy pieces with ragged edges), and type 7 (watery; no solid pieces) are hard to stomach and not a pretty sight to see. Loose stools, or diarrhea, indicates that too much fluid is getting into the gut, which can lead to loss of fluid and electrolytes.
Suffering from constipation, diarrhea, or both consistently is a sign that your inside plumbing needs attention. Speak to your doctor, as these could be symptoms of bacterial or viral infections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Chron's disease, parasites, celiac disease, or any bowel disorder.
And although it’s not on the scale, a narrow or thin BM could mean that something—such as scar tissue, impacted stool, or even a tumor—is be getting in the way of passing feces, and it might be obstructing the intestine. It may also be a sign of a GI issue such as Crohn’s disease, so you should speak to your doctor if you spy this too.