Q – Are all bowels the same

Most diagrams of the bowel show an idealised picture, whereas in reality the length, shape and position vary immensely.

The length is variable and can be anything from around 3 to 11 feet. The path it follows may be very bendy and can have many loops. For some people it may be that they have inherited a very long bowel which slows down transit time and can cause constipation problems.