Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
Sausage-shaped but lumpy
Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
Watery, no solid pieces.
The Bristol Stool Chart is a recognised tool used within health providers across the UK.
A stool between type 3-5 is ideal.
A stool that is type 1-2 indicates constipation. It is important to recognise you can also have type 7 stool with constipation due to overflow diarrhoea.