what happens when you hold poop in?

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Honey Monster asks:

Why is it the longer I hold my turds in, the worse they smell and the softer they get?





Dear Honey_Monster,

Thanks for the question!

Your poop is getting even with you for holding it hostage in there. Poop is meant to come out, not linger around in a smelly, dark passageway like that.

Just imagine how you would like it. Poo has feelings, too. Free your poo--don't hold it in.

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.

Got a question for her?

504 Comments on "what happens when you hold poop in?"

The Shit Volcano's picture
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I'm holding my poop in right now so I can keep reading Poop Report.

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

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UPDATE: When you hold a giant turd it too long it gets bigger, tears up your anus, and clogs the toilet. So now we know.

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

Slim Jim Junkie's picture
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For me, if I hold it in longer, it also stinks 2x as much.

anonymous's picture
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Mine doesn't smell, but it hurts a lot so why anyone would hold it in is beyond me. I did have to once though (in the car) for a while and when i got to a toilet i couln't go at all and ended up with just a fart.

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5 years ago my nans brothers girlfreinds dad, had serious constipation and every time he went to the toilet his poop would not come out everyone kept on telling him to go to the the doctors but he was to imbarrised to so 7 days later he got a very bad stomach ache he went to the toilet and started to feel very sick. then he started screaming and his wife walked in and he was on the floor with poop haningin out of his mouth with blood everywhere (NOTE: this is a truew story) he died from this due to split insides from the poop. this was caused by a blocked thing that leads to the anus.

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should i poo at high school i just hold it

Rea Lewis's picture
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My Grandmother from my fathers side was afraid to poop. she held it in so long that she began to throw it up, I was not in the bathroom with her when this happend, but she suffered horribly from it.

Rea Lewis's picture
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On another note if one is in fear of pooping because they have held it in for to long....I have found that this helps.....From the front bring your hand inside the toilet and place two or three fingers right there before your anus it kind of acts as a support for those supper shitty shits. And raisins work really well when constipated though remember this poop will be hard so brace yourself and breath.

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milk hurts me....& makes me poo viciously, liquidy & green...why does milk make my poo evil?

ryan's picture
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If you have to keep wiping when there isa show on get a lotion because that helps. If you are being attacked by a bear poop and then throw the poop at the bear . Fran was on the 9th fairway holding in his poo but I did not no what to tell him.

Anthony's picture
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hey ive been holding my shit in for a while now , years , is it realy unhealthy????? cuz ive been doing it for a while and i need all the detials as possible... thx

Anthony's picture
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O yea and when i skate too much , it gets hard for me to breath , it feels like my lungs r breathing pure cold air so i cant skate for like 4 minutes striaght or i gett his wierd thing.... thanks aginan

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why the heck would you hold your shit in Anthony? ....do you want it to eventually rupture your bowel and rot inside you?
Shitting is good ....you should try it sometimes ...you might like it *wink* ;)

Miklos's picture
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Holding your poo is fun,its like seeing how far your car can go on empty before it runs out of gas. So i think sometimes people try to best their own times. Oh Well.

Darblutch's picture
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I poop funny after I drink a lot of beer. I poop that way for days. By funny I mean violently fast and all liquid. Why must beer poop last so long?

Dux's picture
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Man, it's Teusday, Sept. 20th at 3:44 pm and I haven't crapped since I think the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17th. I can feel it wanting to escape from my hole, but I want it to get as big as possible and then take a picture of it.

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Don't hold your poop in people! You're going to kill yourself this way and it's not a nice way to go!

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

Anonymous Coward's picture
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what if i dont mean to hold it in i just do. cause i dont want to cloge the toliet up.. i ahvent pooped for like 2 weeks?!? :(

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in a jam, ill just drop down and rest my asshole on the heal of my foot, and just apply pressure as needed. if i have time, i can just sit in a chair and shift all my weight to the asshole and firm up my cheeks. though still effective, this way is stinkier, and can leave the chair smelling like shit for a few days.

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ive been holding my shit in for three days now and it hurts when i sit down but i tried to go for a shit but it wouldn't come out so i thought it would be helpful to put my fist up up my anus and grab it and it worked you should all try it when you feel constipated

Anonymous Coward's picture
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say,is there anybody out there that also wipes his butt from the front instead from behind, i'll guess u know what i mean. and if not , why am i the only one? :-)

Bob likes Butt's picture
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Why am i the only 31 year old that wipes his butt from the front.

Bleana Palm tree nurse's picture
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loo, i am a pediatric nurse, dont hold feces in!!! It will ruin your anus, and make you feel the urge to urinate more.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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wat do you do if have to push to poop..is it bad?

justin ferguson's picture
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i hold my poop in and just cause somtimes im to lazy to go the bathroom, my mom said it could kill me and it is biggr and stinks worst comment back

The Dumpster's picture
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Another, er, pedestrian PR thread! TSV, why are you and I the only ones who get snookered onto these things?

Butt Cheek Spreader's picture
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I actually enjoy holding in my poo. It gives me a very relaxed, care free feeling. Does anyone else get this?

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When I hold in my poop then I start to develope gas the when I go and poop I have to push harder to get the gas and poop out together which stinks twice as bad but it sounds funny because I grunt, crap, and fart at the same time. I fart loud which makes it an enjoyable experience.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I get that feeling too, im getting it right now. how could it kill you. any one know?

Anonymous Coward's picture
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When I was in the first grade my friend and I rode bikes.

I told him "I have to go to the bathroom."

He said "Just stand up and kind of cross your leg over the other one, and squeeze."

I did it, and held my poop in. It was a terrific way to play longer!

Now, I'm 30 years old and still hold my shit in. I'm really wondering if I'm doing damage to myself for not just going poop right when I need to. I honestly think it's symbolic of my tendency to procrastinate.

Can anyone help me? I don't want to hurt me.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Wow. You can stand up, cross your legs, and squeeze, all while riding a BIKE?!? Very impressive. That's an amazing talent! :P

Fart Poopie's picture
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It's amazing how many comments were tagged 'lame' on this thread.

GGG, he must have great balance, and was probably going down hill to keep the bike going.

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I gotta poop - I gotta go!
I cannot hold it in no mo'!
It may tumble out my pants
Or I may do a funny dance
To keep the shit stains off my shoe,
When I waited too long to take a poo.
O my word - what shall I do
I cannot find an open loo.
So if you wait to crap perchance
You may just shit your pants!

GottaGoGirl's picture
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"... Fart Poopie (803) -- 08.16.2006 -- 'It's amazing how many comments were tagged 'lame' on this thread.'..."

The tag is meant to be for one of 3 things, really: Lame/Flame/Off-Topic..."Lame", as in actually a lame comment, or "Flame", if it was unnecessary or over-the-top meanness, or "Off-Topic" for those of us that suffer from posting-ADD.

The tag itself, however, shows up as simply "Lame", but it could have been tagged as one of the other 2 categories, as well.

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I understand why the tag is used. My comment was meant to further point out how many people write dumb things (as if the big, olive colored tags don't do a good enough job already, lol).
Of course, I also realize these comments are off topic too, so I hope you all find it in your hearts not to slap me with a lame sticker.

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I used to hold my poop in years ago. i would only poop like once a week. but i havent held it in for about 2 years now. but i havent shit right since. sometimes it comes out normal, but then at other times its liquid like. my stomach makes weird noises all the time and i can feel movements in and around my stomach throught the day. i havent seen any blood in my stool but i have seen mucus a few times. can some one help me?

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I have held my poop for about a day now I need to go but I am afraid of hemerroids and ripping my butt hole please please help me I am 13 I don't want to die like that please.

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Ok, first, I can relate to the previous thread. I strongly advise you to see a doctor, pronto, or the pain will get worse. The hemmorhoids will bleed (if they aren't already). I've been there (no fun). Second, if some one holds poop in long enough, they will get impacted (and eventualy sick). Last, it is nice to see some on topic threads :<).

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As a kid I used to push and push so that the pooping process would begin so that I could hold it. consequently I shit my pants alot. I was terrified of visions of myself older and married and my wife discovering that i shit myself because I like to hold it. I hoped that I would grow out of it; and I go through phases when I don't do it for a while ...then enivitably maybe after coming home a little tipsy ...turn the computer on and look at porn... too lazy to get up and go shit in the toilet i hold it and hold and..........pprrrr ah shit...not again. perfectly good pair of undies ...........will it ever end?

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I end up holding my poop in for quite a while sometimes because im embarrassed that someone will go straight in the toilet after me and wonder what the hell died! I can't help it, i spend hours listening to who has gone to the toilet so i can quickly run in there when everyone has gone so no one can smell my poop! The problem is the longer i hold it it gets harder, more painfull and smellier! My Mum keeps telling me to go to the toilet properly when i feel the urge but i just can't unless im in the house alone! Im also extremely embarrassed by the noises so i have to line the toilet with loo roll before hand to stop any splashes! God, why am I so embarrassed, afterall everyone does it, i just can't help myself!
Does anyone else suffer from the embarrassment problem???

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Just keep telling yourself, this is a normal bodily function. I used to be that way, I am still a little uncomfortable when the bathroom is overly crowded, but I tell myself: does anyone care that I am about to shit, the other people in here are here for the same reason, if someone hears me poop will the sky fall...I didn't think so. So go in there and have a shittin' good time.
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I have suffered from this problem. When i was younger i had bad constipation and could not do the toilet as it hurt. So to battle this i taught myself to hold it in untill i was no longer constipated and could poo easily. There is a side effect. after doing this 2 or 3 times at night you will wake up with an extremely painfull stomach ache which is described by myself and many others as 5 times worse than having a child.

What happens is your stomach goes into spasms as your poo tries to push its way back into the smaller intestine rather of sliding out of the larger through your anal passageway.

This is 100 percent confirmed. i have suffered form it but since then i take regular doses of Fybogel which cures constipation and also my problem :)

Good day. happy shitting

Anonymous Cow's picture
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Holding my poop right about when I have to go poop for a few minutes gives me a really calm relaxed feeling too. I feel like I'm high or something just carefree and I can get interested in even this.

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"steven (not verified) -- 11.28.2004
5 years ago my nans brothers girlfreinds dad, had serious constipation and every time he went to the toilet his poop would not come out everyone kept on telling him to go to the the doctors but he was to imbarrised to so 7 days later he got a very bad stomach ache he went to the toilet and started to feel very sick. then he started screaming and his wife walked in and he was on the floor with poop haningin out of his mouth with blood everywhere (NOTE: this is a truew story) he died from this due to split insides from the poop. this was caused by a blocked thing that leads to the anus."

Are you seriously this much of a retard? One way or the other, your poop is coming out your bunghole, wether you like it or not. There is no POSSIBLE way to have poop hanging out of your mouth unless, for some reason, you place it there yourself. The hydrochloric acid would break down the poop (if it was able to get through SIX MILES OF INTESTINES WITHOUT LOSING SHAPE,) not to mention the esophageal muscles would push the poop back INTO the stomach, if it wasn't broken down. Every time I've been constipated for more than 3 days, it just ends up pushing itself out 90% of the way, my legs shake, and I sweat like a pig while pushing the rest out.... but there's NO way you can shit out your mouth.

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Does anyone know if there are longterm negative effects of holding it in for around 4 days, once in a while, though? Don't some people naturally go less often? Why is this? Sometimes I lose track of the number of days I've gone or I'm too tired late at night. I stopped consciously holding it in for days at a time a few years ago. After clogging the toilet a few times and realizing that it was probably bad for me since it hurt, I started to change. I started having a fear of pooping after I held it in for a few days for fear of clogging. Then I found out it was because I was holding it too long. I would always be afraid of clogging other people's toilet, so I'd either hold it in until I got home or in a public facility (if it was clean), which made it even more likely I'd clog the toilet. Even now I feel guilty if I think I contributed to making the toilet not work as well as before.

To Embarrassed_pooper!: Would you rather deal with a smelly bathroom or clogging the toilet because your poop was too big? I think the latter's a lot more embarassing, just judging from my personal experience.

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Holding Poop. What a topic. I used to get daily enemas for holding mine as a kid. To this day I love to hold it. When I have to go, I'll sit on the toilet and hold it for quite a while sometimes or I won't even go to the bathroom, but just hold it. Somehow it feels GOOD to hold it. I absolutly LOVE the feeling of needing to move my bowels. I have held it for several days at times, and may need to resort to an enema to get it out then. I love those too!!

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I love to whemy! The feeling of an imminent shit is something I anticipate greatly. My average shit cycle is about twice a week. It can come on any time of the day or night, and I almost always whemy my shit until very late the next evening so that I can enjoy this special event in a dark and quiet environment. The feeling of shit inside my body gives me a lot of pleasure.
One of my friends told me it could cause me damage, so I'm currently researching this. I've been whemying for probably 20 years, so if there are any effects, they must take a long time to manifest.

The longest I've ever held a shit is 40 hours.

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Anonymous Coward (not verified) -- 11.02.2006 Are you seriously this much of a retard? One way or the other, your poop is coming out your bunghole, wether you like it or not. There is no POSSIBLE way to have poop hanging out of your mouth

Actually, you're wrong. People CAN have poop back up ALL the way to where it DOES come out of their mouth.

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I don't know about you guys but I poop once a week and that hurts so I am going to shit when ever I feel like it it will feel better...I hope. THE REAL QUESTION IS CAN U PREVENT IT FROM HURTING? OR STINKING?

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I have a bad stomach ache, and every time i poop. it hurts like in the butt hole area, and then my stomach starts to hurt, and i feel like i have more to let out, but it hurts so i don't want to. Then my stomach stops hurting and i have stomach cramps every once in a while, and then i need to go poop again, then it hurts, and so on and so forth, i poop, it hhurts, it goes away.....what do i do?

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I am an alcoholic. I drink whiskey and hard liquor every night. It almost makes me want to stop drinking because every morning about 7, and again between noon and 3 I have the worst dook-dook.. it is always runny and splatters upon my butt cheeks. Does alcohol do something to you to make you have runny doo?

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Yes, you dork. Alcohol turns off several digestive mechanisms.

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So I've been taking Adderall and normally it makes me poop. but recently I stopped and I haven't pooped in like 4 days. I don't hurt or anything. I just burp and pass gas more frequently. I've been eating vegetables but nothing. This happened before and it just kinda all came out at once. Is this bad for me?

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I like to call this manauver "Priming the terd!"

Anonymous Coward's picture
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I have held it in for many years, as a kid I always held it in because it hurt when I pooped ( I didnt get enough fiber and was constipated a lot ) and as a result I got in the habit of holding it in. Now because of the results of pooping after holding it in a few days I have hemmeroids and am too embarassed to tell my doctor and they bleed. It is pretty scary... so DOONT HOLD IT IN! youll end up like me. =[

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When I was younger, about the age of 7, I started to poo in my pants and it was very enbarrising because my brother(who is older than me) and my mom would see little bumps coming from my underwear. Also, at school my teachers and friends saw it too. The problem was it was a dare that some older kid dared me to poop in my pants and so i took the dare because i was afraid of being called a "chicken" Dares suck....

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my stomach hurts so bad...and i feel like theres a big bubble in it.. i feel like i have to fart or poop or anything to make me feel better but i can't....when i burp it feels a little better but then goes back to the same state as before. what am i supposed to do? it hurs really bad and this has never happened before

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i dont know why but i always clog the toilet i dont really hold my poop. Its not my toilet because everyone else uses it without getting it clogged. so then i usally do end up holding it in. Does this happen to anyone else? if so what do you do?

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Its quite simple. Your body is like a machine of sorts. If you don't let out wastes, it just piles up in your system and could make you sick.

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I am extremly scared to go poop and i dont know why. Every time i think about going to the bathroom i get real scared and think that the poop wont come out when i am ready to go. I usually only go poop every 6-10 days and i even held it in one time for 14 days. I am being dead serious this is no joke, i am only 16 years old and very very scared about going to the bathroom and i dont know why. Can some one PLEASE give me some advice or help cause i am on my 9th day now and i don tthink i can go, PLEASE help me.

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Hey. I am holding in a poo right now. The contractions are about 30 seconds apart. It is getting worse by the minute. I don't know if I can bring myself to go though because I am at work right now and I don't want to go at work because I am a stripper and when I strip I don't want people to see my shitty ass! I go on stage in like 2 mins!!!!

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A real scared teen (not verified) -- 06.06.2007
I am extremly scared to go poop and i dont know why. Every time i think about going to the bathroom i get real scared and think that the poop wont come out when i am ready to go. I usually only go poop every 6-10 days and i even held it in one time for 14 days. I am being dead serious this is no joke, i am only 16 years old and very very scared about going to the bathroom and i dont know why. Can some one PLEASE give me some advice or help cause i am on my 9th day now and i don tthink i can go, PLEASE help me.
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im thirteen and i had the same problem for about a month , just go . i swear it feels really good it may be hard to get out , but you really need to get it out !
last month i used to cry and whine to my mom about not going & that i was afraid it was going to get stuck. but it wont.

think of your butthole as a cookiecutter. lol. sounds nasty but its true.
just go , if this dosnt work, get more fiber or get an enema.
hope it helps

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yeah i like orgasm when i hold my poop in for a while it feels wonderful. does thiws happen to anyone else?!

Lee1969's picture
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I love holding in my poop. Its very relaxing. I sometimes hide in the closet likea kid and push just enough so it doesnt come out. Sometimes a little bit does come out and falls down my pants. i pick it up and take it to the bathroom. sometimes ill lock the door and push put again. i do this for hours until mom comes home. Am i weird ?

Anonymous Coward's picture
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wehy is it that when i am pooing that it hurts and i start crying what is wrong with me

Anonymous One's picture
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does anyone know if holding in poo causes back pain cause i have constant back pains?

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About 10 years ago when I was in middle school I started holding my poop in. For the first time at school, we had the large bathrooms with very little privacy. At my grade school we had gotten use to a girls and boys toilet in the back of each classroom near the coatroom.

I was normal for about the first month of my sixth grade year. Then one day after I had just come back to school after two days off due to the flu and a cold, I denied a popular girl who was a couple of years older than me cuts in the line, and while I was only on the stool for two or three minutes, I inadvertently stood out as one of the noisiest crappers: an eruption of a large amount of gas,and a large succession of balls of shit that not only hit the bowl with good force, but also drenched my crotch area. When I stood up to do a considerable amount of wiping, I heard snickers from some of the other girls. There were some moos (yes, I was overweight!)as well as other imitative noises made over the next several months in the hallways and, for example, when I simply walked down the aisle in my classroom to get a paper. Since my family is part Native American, my mom also felt that could have been a factor.

After several months of holding my crap and pee in at school, I was diagnosed with a bladder inflection and told by our family's doctor that I would be a candidate for chronic constipation that could cause me problems the rest of my life.

With additional counseling from the school nurse, I got back into my daily crapping routine by seeking out the least-used bathrooms, automatic approval from my teachers to leave during classtime, and in a few emergencies, I was also invited to use the toilet in the nurse's office.

I'm now a graduate student and rarely a day goes by when I don't crap at school. I've heard some pretty bizarre noises from adjoining stalls, but as adults, thankfully there's no harassment involved.

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ok so i've been not only constipated but completely unable to poop for about a month now. 2-4 little rabbit turds maybe once every 2 days or so. i've used an enema and i drink a ton of caffeine and i smoke. i've always had chronic constipation and i know i'm hurting myself extremely badly but i just do not feel like i have to go at all. my stomach cramps in the morning sometimes so i'll run to the bathroom and try to go but i can't. i also take a pain medication and 3 days ago it started to work differently, like i had taken a ton of asprin and i feel like i can't function. i can't think straight, i stumbling over words, dropping things and i'm extremely cranky. could all of this be due to the non-poo-ing and what the heck should i do to get myself out of this one?

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I like both holding it in and getting it out. Sometimes I hold it for almost two weeks. I have to squeeze it in, sometimes purging the gas. Holding it feels good, and the pressure kinda turns me on. When the contractions become too frequent, I use an enema to empty out. I mix a little dishsoap and lots of water, and take as much as I can stand. Usually when I am really full, I can't take much water. I try to hold it in for as long as I can, so the water can disolve the crap.

I wait for a big contraction, then sit on the toilet and blast it out. The water and soap helps it slide right out, and it feels really good. I repeat the enema, and usually the rest of the turd comes out the second time, in a running rush. It feels good, and I don't have that dirty anus feeling that you get after taking a big crap.

I guess I like to hold it, but then I get pleasure from expelling it. I don't mind when its runny, either. I hate taking a straight hard dump.

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Unlike many posters to this thread, I cannot hold my poop for days. My only experiences with holding it are for a matter of minutes to hours. I certainly don't let it back up in the system. When I do have to hold it--say, in traffic, in a meeting, or some other circumstance--the usual set of events is this: [1] I feel the need to poop. [2] I ignore that need because right now i have a more urgent need (the meeting, driving to someplace to poop, whatever). [3] The need goes away; the poop retreats from my rectum to my lower colon. [4] The need may re-assert itself one or more times while I still can't get away to poop. [5] The need goes away again. [6] I get to a toilet. [7] I may have to wait a bit, or even take a bit of soft-soap or something on my finger and resort to digital stimulation. [8] I poop. Simple. The poop by that time is probably fairly unchanged from what it would have been had I gone at first notice of the need.