floating and sinking poop

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Jennifer B asks:

Hi! I'm a female teenager. I have always had nice floating BMs. Recently, I have been noticing a change. They are all sinking, and are a dark green in color instead of my normal brown. What does this mean?

Dr. Adams responds:

For the most part, it has to do with diet. A diet high in fats and oils will create BM's that float. The BM's from a high fat diet also may be bubbly or sudsy. On the other hand, a diet high in vegetables and soluable fiber will create heavy BM's that will sink.

What else can play a role in sinking or floating BM's? Certain diseases certainly can. Any disease that prevents the absorption of fat will create fatty floating BM's. A few that come to my mind are cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, biliary cirrhosis or stricture, and also after removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy)

-- Dr. Adams


Dr. Adams is a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hopsital in Manhasset, NY. Got a question for him?

28 Comments on "floating and sinking poop"

Kung Poo's picture
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Actually Dr.Adams is wrong, some poop cannot swim, the green kind is infamous for this because it is native to oklahoma where there are no oceans, from what you described it sounds like you have New York poop. Try eating some New York style pizza.

Justa Girl's picture

Right on! Who the fuck needs a poop doctor? We've got some sound advice from members.

Kung Poo's picture
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You know dave, if you ever wanted to add an ask kung poo section...

Chip Brown's picture

Hey Kung Poo! Will I ever trip and fall on garden rake?

Kung Poo's picture
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If you'd stop asking me stupid questions and watch where you were going you wouldn't have to worry about that.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Ha ha!

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Dumpin' Jack Splash's picture

My personal dietry evidence leads me to disagree with Dr Adams. I usually spend 2-3 consecutive days a week eating nothing but fruit, salads and vegetables. This leads to soft, loose bm's that always float.

Great site by the way. I'll post some stories and comments up when I get time!!

PooperGal's picture

I think Jennifer means regular turds, not diarrhea bits that float. When you get a full sized, solid-looking log that floats, then another time deliver a full sized log that sinks, it does pique curiosity about what makes one denser than the other.

I think that it may be correct that turds full of fatty stuff float whilte logs made of fibre sink, owing to the lower density of fat. Red Cross water safety folks have known for years that a fat person is more bouyant than a muscular one who doesn't have a lot of body fat. Fat is less dense, and floats.

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Do rubber chickens poop?

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Only in Mexico.

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

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your website is pooperificand discustind

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GottaGoGirl's picture
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What is it about the PooNurse threads that attracts all the morons to them?

Wait. I mean...Hmn. Never mind.

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coco puff's picture

Sometime I go days with out pooping... When I do go my poop are hard, dark, floating pebbles...

well thats easy's picture

coco, thats because your intestinal tract takes water out of your stool, the longer its in there, the more packed and hard and dark it will be... at least thats what i remember from wherever the **ll i learned it from

prarie doggin's picture
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I have heard that floaters just contain more gas bubbles in them when they form. As far as the green turds, that can be from something you ate (most likely with food coloring), or a Canadian goose has been using your toilet without your knowledge. Hope I have been helpful.

Gave Birth to shit.'s picture

I remember one time i was sooo constipated that i hadn't pooped in like two days. I tried suppository and nothing. Untill my mother came with sum really good one and i inserted in my but mind you i was in extreme pain. Every time i attempted to try and push it out i felt like fainting. Untill finally after a few hours I went to the bathroom again. I sat there for half an hour pushing and pushin, untill finally it came out. It was as thick as the top portion of a baseball bat and about three feet long (this is not a joke) It could not even flush. Had to break it into small sections in order for it to go down. I felt so much better afterwords. I don't know what caused that to happen to me but im glad it never happened again. Oh I have a son now. I can honestly say that shit i took was more painful to me than giving birth. Just wanted to share my story. Thanks for reading! Have a shitty day!

meowpoo's picture
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dave, make an ask meowpoo section for info on catpoo ---may the poo be with you. hey,that rhymes!

-- what smells? shit!

browny's picture
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Sorry, but I just don't believe that people have three foot long turds...
lookin' for poop in all the wrong places...

lookin' for poop in all the wrong places...

Bilgepump's picture
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Browny, are we talking 3 foot long turds, or 3 foot long turds, or 3 foot long turds.


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browny's picture
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Ha ha...I hadn't considered that. I was referring to a yard long turd.
lookin' for poop in all the wrong places...

lookin' for poop in all the wrong places...

prarie doggin's picture
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C'mon Bilge, what are the odds 3 foot long turds would break up exactly into 3 foot long turds?

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Years, ago after gorging on over-ripe papayas a friend brought back from Florida, I produced a turd that was probably in the neighborhood of 15 feet long. It only had the girth of toothpaste and unfortunately fell into a coil and quickly fused into a pile. If I had only duck walked while pooping I could have measured this world class turd.

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prarie doggin's picture
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Chief, the duckwalking would have broken that prize turd into many pieces. Next time get a friend to let you hang your ass off the tail of his pickup truck while driving slowly down the road. I'm sure you have many hillbilly friends with pickup trucks. Finding one who can drive 15 feet in a straight line may be a challange though. Good luck.

Bowel Master!'s picture

So, why does Lager beer give me such hard, thick shits the next day? Coors does it too, but I get the runs from Heinekin. Also, I think I honestly have IBS, and if I get cold I get the runs, if I eat weird things I do too. Help.

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