What causes mucus in your bowels?

Are you one of those people who feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom just after having your meal? Have you ever experienced an unusual feeling of mucus passing through your bowels while defecating? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Mucus in the bowel is entirely normal, and it can be caused by several factors.

The Proper Digestive System

Before diving into what causes mucus buildup in your bowel, let’s remind ourselves about the digestive system’s proper functioning. When we eat food, our digestive system starts breaking it down via a complex process that requires coordination between different organs: mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum and anus.

The stomach breaks down food mechanically with acids and enzymes before transferring them to the small intestine. Additionally, bile comes from the liver through ducts for emulsification of fats so they can mix better with gastric juices.

Finally -in this case- almost digested waste material enters colon where water is absorbed leaving semi solid stool that contains fiber along with other elements like bacteria/yeast/microbes etc., residing normally inside intestines or on surface or coming from outside source when ingested by someone consuming some dangerous microbe(s).

Potential Reasons for Increased Mucus Production

Now coming back to what causes excessive production of mucus right before or during defecation:

1) Microbial Imbalance

Sometimes- alas! It’s all due to imbalance in ecosystem thriving within colon/intestines because colonies might have been damaged/diverse such that certain microbes may start growing causing overproduction harming intestinal lining leading inflammation issue which subsequently initiates thickening allowing collection debris/cells/material contributing slime formation.

2) Infections

People consume lots of junk/processed foods which are high fructose corn syrup/added colors/preservatives. If ingested food have microbes infected or may be exposed to harmful radiation (like microwaves).

Another scenario resulting in mucus production may occur when people consume contaminated food or water leading bacterial infection; leading to diarrhea and/or vomiting along with other symptoms.

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3) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A far more common cause why lots of people get excessive mucus buildup is IBS. Usually this occurs if colon moves too fast w/o enough time absorbing water absorbed contributing to plenty residue rushing towards rectum ultimately accompanying excretion process allowing slime gathering inflammation through passage even passing small chunks which might have been caught up altogether although sometimes injuries can happen before reaching the final destination!

4) Colon Cancer

We dislike feeling panicked because sometimes it could come true and it’s never good.The last possible cause- with potential threat for life-threatening illness, is the formation or growth of cancer cells inside colon/intestines depending upon where tumor initiated precise location: it may block normal bowel movement as well augmenting irritation causing discomfort while also impairing body’s capacity producing right amount harmones plus nerves manipulating secretions hence further contributing build-up without any effective means disposal/drainage.

Other Symptoms Accompanied by Mucus in Your Stool

Apart from the physical manifestation of excess mucus during defecation, several other indicators signal underlying problems:


Frequent loose stools are a sign that something isn’t right within your digestive system. There are chances you’ve developed some kind of microbial imbalance due to poor dietary habits.

Abdominal Cramps

Do you experience sharp pain around your stomach area? It could potentially indicate ulcerative colitis disease accompanied with mucus in the stool.


If you notice bright red blood along with excess mucus during bowel movements, consider it a crucial point to seek medical attention ASAP. It could be pointing toward rectal polyps/tumors/cancers that may further spread across multiple organs and tissues resulting in invasive treatments or even surgery.


Prevention is much more comfortable than waiting for something to happen before thinking of corrective measures later on:

  • Try incorporating healthful foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Rest frequently and avoid stressful activities,
  • Stay hydrated via making sure you drink lots water – this helps maintain proper fluid level inside intestines.

Another tip! Add ‘prebiotic’ supplements which help grow healthy bacterial colonies while also preventing overgrowth via other microbes/yeasts/fungi/etc., ultimately regulating healthy functioning throughout digestive tract managing regular excretion keeping everything smooth!

Don’t let improper bowel health hold you back from enjoying life; if symptoms persist following these tips would not produce relief – contact your healthcare provider immediately & never hesitate seeking professional opinion until expert diagnoses root cause after running necessary tests although Let’s all hope we will never have such issue as they’re quite unenjoyable-unless-somehow-accompanied-by-old-western-gunfights/magicians-stuff!!

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