how long can poop accumulate?

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Dmitriy asks:

I was amazed to find out that the small intestines are so long (over 6 meters?) I have the following question: Some people claim that if one doesn't give his/her digestive system a chance to process the previous meal completely before having another, that some of that matter is accumulated on the walls of the small intestines and stays there for years! How much truth is in that claim?





Hi, and thanks for the question!

I try not to think about what the interior of my colon must look like after 46 years of abuse and neglect. And pizzas.

I like to think that my colon is clean as a whistle, although I know this is probably not true.

I have no idea if stuff sticks around in there. A nurse I work with does colonics and cleanses all the time, but I don't like spending that much time obsessing about shit. So I just come here to write about it.

Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.

-- Poonurse

Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.

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54 Comments on "how long can poop accumulate?"

Thinking of Shit's picture
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How many hues does poop come in? And how significant is the "hue of the Poo"? Just curious.

JBL's picture
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One time I held my poo inside for one month! Im not joking! It was the month of December 1997.

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Cool! I could have my very own poo bank.

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

werewolf pooping on trees's picture
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Hey JBL how did you hold poop for a month without ruining a lot of underwear? I have a friend who said she was constipated and he kept crapping his pants.(I don't know if this was true at all, I have nasty friends)

boxse's picture
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i held my poo at high school 50 min later my boxers were brown

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I am extremely shameful and I cannot poop anywhere other than home. So once I went on a week retreat to my grandpa's cottage, and as you may know, cottage food consists of that moldy loaf of bread from last summer, and whatever else you can conjure up. So my bunghole was full and I was unconfortable. Early in the morning, I snuck into the kitchen, grabbed a ziploc bag, and went behind the bushes and crapped in the bag. I wiped with papertowel, then zipped it up. I ran to the lake, and floated the baggie off. I don't know where it ended up! Imagine finding that!

Shit for mercy.

Shit for mercy.

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Yeah, I tried holding my shit after a big night out... Didn't turn out too well. When I finally decided to haul my ass away from the computer to back it out, I couldn't get to the bathroom because the house was being painted, so I decided to go in the cat's litter tray and blame it on her... Problem was that my crap was substantially larger in size than that of the cat, so it was quite obvious who the culprit of that turd was...

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People, don't hold your poop in. You can cause some serious medical conditions.

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courtney's picture
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oh my!!!!! i have trouble crapping alot but when i do dump a load i feel alot better and it feels as if i crapped out a heavy 5 pounds!!

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Eat what ever you want. Nothing will accumulate in your small intestines if you drink alcohol and eat apple anything at the same time. My small intestines are as clean and shiny as a new Vette. OK....maybe a Vette that has seen some acid rain:}

Asphincter says WHAT...(!)

Asphincter says WHAT...(!)

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The Small Intestine is about 20 ft long in the average adult, the Large Intestine or Colon is between 6 to 8 feet in length and fatter. The Small Intestine (so called as it is thinner in bore) is where much of our digestion occurs. It joins the stomach as the Duodenum often a site of ulcers, the pancreas and liver are joined by ducts and secrete their digestive fluids into the Small Intestine, it them becomes the Jeujenum then the Ileum which joins the Large Intestine, (Colon or Bowel) via the Ileo-Caecal valve into the Caecum which is a pouch at the start of the Colon and to which the Appendix is connected. When the residue of the digested food leaves the ileum it is a watery and greenish fluid, in effect diarrhea. The Large Intestine recovers the water and salts etc from this watery soup and over time transforms the waste into the solid stools we all prefer to pass and which are the normal healthy products of defecation. If the feces pass through too quickly or for some reason water is not absorbed sufficiently the stools will be loose and mushy or even full blown diarrhea but if too much water is absorbed the motions are hard and lumpy as Constipation. The typical smell is caused by the production of Indole and Skatol and the brown colour by the conversion of the bile product Bileverdin to Bilerubin. As well as the waste residue of the food we eat our stools contain the mucus which the bowel secretes to assist the passage of the motions, dead cells from the internal organs, dead bacteria etc.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I don't go to the bathroom for weeks at a time. I'm not sure why. And then when I do go, i have to push really hard and it hurts. any one know why i don't poop for weeks at a time?

jyleah's picture
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one time when i was little I ate this mexican candy that was really good but then i found out that we were going to the pool later to go swimming.Everything was fine until i had to go to the bathroom in the pool.So I went cause i had to go right.when we got home i had to go to the bathroom so i did and i had to go diaryea.i pooped everywhere on the floor and on my self.I said mom i need help and so she came and she said ewwww thats gross.my grandma said val why don't you clean it up.so then she got the gloves and cleaned it up.Thats my story of what happend to me!

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This post, and the replies to it, sound like a press release from Senator Kennedy's office.

IM a shitter.  RU?'s picture
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yea.. wondering if i could get sum help ... u guys look like u know what ur doing... i dont shit like normal people. I shit like once everyone 1-2 weeks. It it feels like i dropped 5 pounds (one time i did... i looked at a scale before and after) but the thing is.... i cant shit before this time.. idk.. i wanna know was wrong with me. Help?

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Dumpster,

Leave it to you to talk politics about shit. Most other folks do the opposite.

keeping the whack in tally-ho...
Fartuituos!
Serenshittipy!

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Is there any difference between the two?

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Bunghole In the Jungle's picture
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TSV,

After thinking about it no.. absolutely none:

democratic poops are usually liberal

republican poops are usually conservative

independent party poops (sometimes the most fun) are whimsical wumpmugs


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i used to go swimming at this beach with rocks down each end. EVERY time i went climbing on the rocks i needed to take a crap, and one day i just couldn't hold it...pulled my togs aside and did it right there in the water. and yeah, of course it had to be a floater. luckily there was no-one around...you wouldn't want that to come tapping at your shoulder.

the jobbie monster's picture
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my mum calls poo "jobbies" but i don't know where she got that from

Anonymous Coward's picture
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What medical problems can be caused by holding your poo in for about 5 hours?

Bob Rocket's picture
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Damnit, i'm holding in a shit, must be a week or so by now, its uncomfortable but i dont want to shit it out. cos it might hurt :\

Postman's picture
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We went camping once at a place where the only place to shit were these nasty outhouses, so I wound up holding in my shit for 4 days. Once I got home and got on my own toilet, it was kind of like giving birth to a boa constrictor.

It's probably best to crap when the urge hits.

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i was on a trip to see my grandparents when i stopped at burger king.i went to take a dump and there it laid.the biggest turd my eyes have ever seen.it looked like a footlong from subway.i took a picture but only to find that the camera was fool.

poopie McPooperpants's picture
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Ok well i was wondering if one was born without a butthole or a bitter ex girlfriend happened to sew her exes buttholes shut would you begin to vomit out poop? What would happen, All hypthetical of course.

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I think the question was "how long can poop accumulate?" To get back on track: it has to do with two things: (1) How long can you safely hold poop in before letting it out? and (2) What is your "transit time?" Transit time is how long it takes for a particular item to go through your digestive system and come out the other end. Doctors actually measure this for some patients. You eat something that won't digest--small colored pellets or the like. Then you watch your bowel movements to see how long it takes for those things to reappear in your poop.

To answer the first question first: I am not a physician, but I do know that, if you get the urge and don't poop at that time, the urge will go away (usually); later urges may be weaker, and you may end up constipated. On the other hand, a subsequent urge may say "Oh, by the way, your bowels are moving NOW!" at a fairly inopportune time. Thus, it is best for you and your system to obey the urge when it first arrives or as soon thereafter as you can. I have noted that, if I am not somewhere I can get to a toilet or other good pooping place, the urge will go away; but when I do get to a toilet and sit, it will often return within a short time and let me do my business.

As for transit time: Mine ranges from, say, overnight to a couple of days. When I ate black beans a few days ago, it was about 18 hours afterward that I had a poop in which the black bean skins reappeared, and I had pooped at least once before that (after I ate the beans but before they showed in my poop). The bean skins then kept showing up for a couple more poops over the next day or so, so it does take a few movements to clear a given item from my system.

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I think it depends on the shituation and how you look at it. Now if you watch the infommercial with that guy for the colon cleansing that looks like a porn star, he makes it sound like there is stuff accumulating for YEARS and that kind of makes sense. I think to HOLD it in is NOT a good thing because then you only ad to that residual accumulation. I think THAT is the thing that leads to problems down the road.
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Poop can accumulate for a long time depending on the person. You can die from it though, harmful bacteria are present that must be excreted. It's important to eat DRI's of Fiber to stay healthy, help the operating system and of course so you can have enormous mud donkies. I suggest eating a lot of meat and rice (though rice and corn are not that good for your microvilli) then follow it later that day with a bill sagendorf*1 like proportion of spinach and you are sure to leave behind an iceberg*2 (1* creator of the longshoreman Popeye. 2* when the movement goes in the hole in the toilet and still manages to crest the water.)

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Ok, so if beans or whatever makes it through and out in a day... does that mean one's colon is nice and clean? Without blockages, ect? Or does the accumulated stuff stick to the sides and let stuff pass and speed of elimination is no measure of colon health?
I'm taking the opposite teory of if one is constipated and only pops once a month and then poops out a train load... THAT can't be healthy because all the toxins can seep back into the body. Right? Or wrong?

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I'm not a physician, but as far as I know the intestines are mostly self-cleaning, and a lot of that talk about accumulated toxins is hooey. Of course, when you have a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, you have to give yourself an enema (Fleet's, etc.) so that is nothing left in the system from the stomach on down. However, the normal state is that chyme (the liquid form of food that leaves the stomach and goes into the small intestine) is constantly being processed, so there is always something in the system unless it is artificially removed. The normal way is for the new chyme coming in to stimulate movement of the intestines to push the previous stuff along; normally the stuff takes long enough in transit to have most of the water re-absorbed into the body, leaving you with a nice solid length of poop, which you then push out. Even after you poop, though, the vast majority of your digestive system is still full of poop-in-the-making.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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When I usually have a bowel movement, it's about 4-6 inches long, not long at all. But yesterday, it was serious like 12 inches long. It was so scary. I was literally freaked out. Is it bad if your waste is a foot long?! I'm a 16 F.

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Dear A.C.: No, it is fine to have a foot-long poop; nothing wrong with it. Sounds healthy to me.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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Having troubles with long poop that always clogs up the toilet. Any suggestions to avoid the problem in the future?

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I like poop coming out as much as food coming in

ok A.C.,...just break the logs up with the plunger...I had 14 inch long poop two nights in a row very recently and I was able to flush
using this technuice,my poop is usualy a foot long(I do not eat meat and get fiber)

I like poop coming out as much as food coming in

Anonymous Coward's picture
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ok got a question my husband just got surgery on wed. and since then he is really bloated and he hasnt been able to poop he is also taking laxatives but it is not helping PLEASE HELP ME

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I have a sister-in-law, who in her younger days was into bodybuilding and the freaky=deaky diets that went with it. One year she ate nothing but air popped popcorn, another, nothing but carrotts. To keep herself cleaned out she gobbled laxatives like candy. Consequently, now 2o years later her insides are so fucked up it isn't funny. She doesn't use laxatives and eats more garbage than a zit-faced teenager. Due to this intestinal abuse her ass looks like cottage cheese, and she only craps every 2 weeks. Both are relevant to me in that she visits quite often and when she does she parades around the house wearing next to nothing, and usually her 2 week cycle ends when she is here. The first time she pulled this shit at our new house, she walked out of the bathroom wearing a sheer nightie and told me that I had a problem with our plumbing. I fought my way through the stink and saw what she meant. This bitch left a log that was standing straight up from the trap and was as big around as a can of beer. I had to use a screwdriver to break it up. After seeing that armageddon like crap, I had a new appreciation for my daily regularity._______
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i have had problems with constipation all my childhood life, i now am 20 and things have been getting a lot better. recently over the past 2 weeks i have been constipated and have gone about 4 times in the past 2 weeks. i took Dulcolax stool softener and that helped at first and i went a lot. Since that (2 days ago) i cannot go. I feel like i dont even have poo inside of me anymore. I usually can feel it right at the end of my anus wanting so badly to come out but its rock hard. There is nothing there at all! My anus somewhat feels sore too. I have a doctors appointment monday.

wago's picture
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this one time, i took a crap in a brown paper bag, and left it on a table in MacDonalds the next day it wuz still there. haha

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Wow, wago, your mother must be so proud...


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I never poo and when i do it's pebbles

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Dear AC.....I am confused, either you never poo or you poo pebbles, which is it?


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I think a little shit accumulates in your intestines but it takes time
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i was sick thinking i had acid reflex then i went to the hospital they x-rayed me and saw that i had poop in my intestines...6 FEET of it! now i'm taking metamucil. idk i'll see if it helps.

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._. Alright, I'd really like some advice. As a child I flirted with a mild constipation for a few years. You know, pooping every few days but at least getting it out. But after puberty my diet cleaned up and so did I, and I really haven't had much of a problem.

Until now (18 yrs old). This summer my poop situation has been getting worse and worse, and now it has been at least a week since I've had a decent poop. Exlax got out a small turd. A (really embarrassing) enema (which is to say they put a tube up my ass and pumped an astonishing amount of salt water up there) only got out another turd.

I'm worried about just how long my poop can accumulate before this is dangerous. I'm not holding anything in; I'm just not getting any real urges. But I'm bloated to all Hell and just feel really... shitty. D:

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Sir, you have to take your change in bowel habit to the doctor. You don't have a choice.
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Anonymous Coward's picture
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I really need to poop right now, but I cannot. I am frustrated.

Johny crappa 's picture
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Eat sugar free chewy gum n Otha sugar free stuff
and u will shit alot it'll clean u out

Anonymous Coward's picture
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My bum bleeds whenever I take a poo. Hemorrhoids the name, bleeding out my butt is the game! Yeee to the haaa!

AliCat's picture
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I have problems pooping a lot and I noticed if I eat fruits and foods with a high amount of fiber that it is easier for me to go. Sometimes I still have a hard time going to the bathroom so I take sennekot, which is a natural vegetable laxative. I often wonder if one day popping laxatives will come back to haunt me when I'm old.

ShittingBricks's picture
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Alicat, Drink coffee... I swear it's a laxative... For some people at least. It helps though. Best of luck to all poopers... :D

Anonymous Coward's picture
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hey... well i just got done "cleaning" my butt... well i used a toy to penetrate my anus and it was so big that it must have let out some poo that was in my intestines or something which was weird because i did it the other day and thought i got it all out, could it be that a small amount has accumulated since then? or maybe i just didn't get in there far enough with the toy last time? i also get a 'heart-burn' sensation often could this be related? :p

Anonymous's picture
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u on any medication?

Anonymous's picture
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First comment of 2012 :P
I have held my fecal matter for weeks,
I just let it all out, that was unbearable...

Anonymous's picture
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Muey Narcotics? My God man, take a stool softener.