9 Bathroom Habits That Can Be A Sign Of A Health Concern

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Even though you probably just want to get in and get out and not give too much attention to your bathroom habits, it's still important to be on the lookout for changes to your usual routine. In some cases, new habits can be a sign of a health concern. So if you're peeing more frequently, experiencing diarrhea, or noticing new colors or smells, let a doctor know.

"You should definitely pay attention to your bathroom habits," Dr. Octavia Cannon, a board-certified osteopathic obstetrician and gynecologist, tells Bustle. "[Many of these changes] can be serious if they don't resolve and are left unaddressed."

Of course, that's not to say you need to instantly assume the worst just because you're peeing at a new time, or your poop looks different. But certain changes can be the first indication from your body that something isn't quite right, and paying attention is key.

If anything seems odd, uncomfortable, painful, or worrisome, Dr. Cannon says, you should make an appointment with your doctor, as it's always better to be safe than sorry. Read on below for a few bathroom habits that may alert you to a health problem, according to experts, as well as what it all might mean.