Symptom Of IBS: Mucus In Stool

Written by: Truc Thanh | Last reviewed: June 2016. | Last updated: March 2020

Most people do have small amounts of mucus in their stool, as it is present in the lining of the colon to keep it lubricated. The passage of mucus during a bowel movement is a possible predictor of IBS.1

Mucus in Stool with IBS

Finding mucus in the stools occurs in about 40 percent of IBS sufferers.2 IBS sufferers with diarrhea may be more likely to have mucus in their stools during a bowel movement. Symptoms may be accompanied by a feeling of urgency and incomplete bowel movement.

When to Discuss with a Healthcare Provider

It is important to tell your healthcare provider if you are experiencing an increase in the amount of mucus in your stool, or if it is accompanied by blood and or abdominal pain, as this can be a sign of something more serious like Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, or even certain types of cancer.1

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