Alternative Bristol Stool Chart

Type 1 Example of a type 1 stool

Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)

Type 2 Example of a type 2 stool

Sausage-shaped but lumpy

Type 3 Example of a type 3 stool

Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface

Type 4 Example of a type 4 stool

Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft

Type 5 Example of a type 5 stool

Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)

Type 6 Example of a type 6 stool

Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool

Type 7 Example of a type 7 stool

Watery, no solid pieces.
Entirely liquid

If you don't have a Bristol Stool Chart to hand, you can be creative with describing stool types.

Sometimes it can be helpful thinking about other foods and drinks to indicate stool types, as shown in the alternative stool chart.

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