About the Bowel Diary

Completing a bowel diary

The bowel diary is not essential for everyone to complete but you may have been asked to do one by your health care professional. If you are experiencing any bowel symptoms or have any concerns about your bowel habits and have not seen a health care professional yet, completing a bowel diary may help you track your bowel pattern and facilitate a conversation about it.

When to complete

The diary should be completed over 7 days, preferably including different types of days, in case your habits change, such as at weekends or non-work days.

Tips on using the diary

Set one or more reminders for points in the day when you’re likely to have something to add – for example, after meal times and just before bedtime.

View the diary details at the end of each day to check you’ve covered everything.

When adding entries, you can pick a day other than the current day – the diary start & end dates are automatically adjusted.

Don’t worry if you make a mistake – you can delete an entry by holding your finger on it, then create a new entry to replace it.

Food, drink and medication

Note down everything you eat and drink, plus any medications you take for your bowels, and the relevant times. Include any prescription codeine & strong iron supplements, as these can affect your bowels. When in doubt, speak to your health care professional.

Continence aids

Use the Notes button if your health care professional has asked you to record your daily use of pads, anal plugs, irrigation devices and other continence aids.

Accidents / Soiling

When recording a bowel movement, if you experienced any leakage please add a note to say whether you didn’t make it to the toilet in time, the leakage occurred after emptying your bowel or you have any smearing / soiling of your underwear that you weren’t aware of.

Seeking help

The purpose of the app is to allow you to record and share information. Use the notes to add relevant comments about blood, mucus, straining, pain or details of leakage.

It is rare that pain or the presence of blood indicates a serious underlying condition. However, if you have any unexplained bleeding or change in bowel habits, please speak directly to your health care professional.