should i push? should i grab it? should i wait?

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Michael W asks:

Today I had more trouble that I probably ever have going to the bathroom. I had to strain really hard, and it just wouldn't come out. It seemed like it was stuck or something and would almost come out, but stop near completion. I've had problems with rectal bleeding over the past few years off and on, and a doctor at the hospital told me upon examination (many months ago) that it was due to straining too hard. I've never done it before, but as I almost had the poop out, I used my middle finger to try and break off some of it in a desperate attempt to stop my pain.

I didn't go deep at all, but I know I shouldn't be doing that. I was on the toilet for a good hour, and I did manage to finally get the first part out, but the second part was stuck. I continued my method, and again desperate, I found blood on my finger and stopped. My anus is sore now, so I just gave up. I put almost all of my energy into pushing the poop out, and I became light headed/dizzy. I felt like I was going to pass out. My question is, well, even though I went from Thursday to Tuesday without going, was it wrong for me to force it? I could feel it inside of me, so I figured it would be okay to go. Apparently it wasn't. Should I start waiting until the poop easily comes out or what? Should it have been soft enough and/or broken down enough to come out by then?

Also, I'm sorry for asking so much, but are there any serious health risks if there was blood stopped up in my anus around or behind the poop? I don't know if that's the case, but I'd like to know anyways.

Thanks a bunch. I really appreciate the help.

Dear Michael W,

Since you did not have any luck getting the poop out with your finger, I suggest that you get a glycerin suppository. That will soften the poop, and cause a bowel movement within 15 minutes to an hour.

You should also increase your water intake and add more fiber to your diet in an attempt to regulate your bowel habits.

Leaving the poop in there is not going to soften it up. The longer you keep it in, the drier and harder it will become. Then someone with more experience than you have is going to have to stick their finger up your butt to get it out.

Pushing too hard causes something called the vagal maneuver to occur. If you take a deep breath and bear down with your diaphragm and abdominal muscles, it causes your heart rate to slow down. If done too hard or for too long you can experience a loss of oxygen to the brain. This is what caused your light-headedness. You could actually die from this if done for a prolonged period of time.

Blood being stopped up behind your poop is unlikely unless you are bleeding internally. Hemorrhoids and fissures don't usually bleed enough to cause any real health problems.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

69 Comments on "should i push? should i grab it? should i wait?"

SamDamnit's picture
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I think this case calls for the RONCO Inside The Egg Scrambler. Just stick that sucker in to your poop chute, and turn it on. It will whip that turd in to a frothy cream that just slides out of your poop chute.
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healthy 1's picture
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Youj can also use a laxative but, don't mak qa habit of laxatives, as your body can become dependant on them. I would listen to ML, and try more water, roughage, and suppositories. I would see a doctor about the rectal bleeding. You might have hemmorhoids.
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Anonymous Coward's picture

Sam, I believe you could actually market that. "Make your own frothy ass treats at home just like a professional, but at a fraction of the cost!"

Anal About Poop's picture
l 100+ points

More fruit, more fiber, more H2O and maybe a jog around the block and you'll be blowing your colon in no time. Trust me. I know.

daphne's picture
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He never mentioned his diet. I, too, wonder what's on the menu. Probably alot of processed foods, or the guy doesn't drink enough water.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Double Flush's picture
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I've been eating the same as usual, and I haven't pooped in 3 days. I'm about ready to sit and strain (yes i know its wrong to) until i get something.

Damnit, someone stole my signature!

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I cannot tell you guys enough to get some Fleet Glycerine Suppositories. Not only are they fairly cheap, they work wonders. They saved my daughter when she was younger and was so constipated. Give them a try before you end up looking like one of those stress dollheads with the eyes all bugged out and stuff.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

DungDaddy's picture
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If we change "Michael" to "Dave", we can enter this in the How-Dave-Dies contest.

Betty Poop's picture
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dungdaddy you're my hero.
i really don't understand how people can go so long without pooping! don't you start to worry???

poop poop eee doop!

poop poop eee doop!

freddy krueger 16's picture
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Sorry to offend anyone who doesn't necessarily want to hear about this, but this is a place to talk about personal experiences, so I'm just sharing mine.

My rather odd pooping time is right before I go to bed, in my bedroom toilet. I take my pants off and drop my boxers to relaxingly wait for nature to take its course, which can last for a while before my bowels start moving. I was sitting there flipping through Reader's Digest, when this painful knob poked its head out of my ass. I decided to push, already knowing that it was never a good idea. I cringed in pain, and it felt like I trying to pass a fucking SLEDGEHAMMER. After a minute of pushing, the blockage cleared and the dump gradually made further progress to the bottom of the bowl. Just what Michael W was talking about in the original post, the dump was almost out of my ass when it hit another buttplug. The straining had made the inside of my rectum sore, so I gave the fuck up and rested my head on my knees to wait for the rest to fall out. Two squeaky farts escaped around the poo hanging there, but that obviously didn't help. I gave one final push, and the poop slowly kept coming, and finally hit the water. When I looked in the bowl, I didn't know how the hell I was ever going to flush it. But I was lucky in that aspect, and it barely flushed itself away before skidding the hell out of the bottom of that bowl. I wiped and went to bed exhausted, but cleansed.

I'm sure we've all had constipation problems in the past, but mine wasn't half as bad as some of the horror stories I've read on poopreport. Anyway, I sympathesize with all of you that have this problem. As someone suggested, fiber, water, and fruit are good ways to avoid this type of problem. And being a shameful shitter, I can't always empty my bowels whenever I have the urge, so naturally I run into some problems. But I just hope that Michael W never has to go through anything like that again. Sounded far scarier than any horror movie! Anyway, good luck to you all.

fred kruga!

Anonymous Coward's picture

you are not going to die from pushing your poop out.. oh my gosh. you'll be'll get lightheaded but thats it..

poopcrayon's picture
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drink smooth move tea if you're feeling backed up.

all aboard the farty train to pooterville..if you can't shit at my house, we aren't friends

all aboard the farty train to pooterville

Pooped Out...'s picture

As we get older our digestion slows and we become more susceptible to the harms of refined & processed foods, not drinking enought liquids, improper food combining and so on. Yep...only temporarily should you use any stimulants to help you move your bowels. A stimulant or stool softeners are short term. better learn as much as you can about diet!! Its NOT JUST about 'drinking more water, increasing fiber, eating more fruits & excercise' like so many are saying. Its what you dont do that counts also. Constipation can be many things including some serious conditions. general and for most people proper food combining is a key. Stop mixing Protein (from meat) with Carbs..that is the SAD!!! Standard American Diet and that is why there are so many health problems. Dont take my word for it. Do a google search and look about 100's of articles about "Food Combining". I finally did this along with more water, fiber, excercise, fruits/vegetables etc. My constipation is gone after 20 years listening to the experts giving half assed/pooped answers. Honestly, not learning the aspects of what causes constipation will literraly poop you out...or should we say in. Good luck all.

prarie doggin's picture
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Michael, I think the obvious is being overlooked here. As long as you are going to ram your finger up your ass, why not slather some vaseline on it first. Those turds just need some lube.

my comment's picture

What a site and no better to explain my problmem.

I get back logged and can't poo not even if i push

I have done as many others have, and tried to work it out with my finger but when i did I found found a type of cavity area in between where my poop comes from and my butt hole and there is usually left over poo staying in there and not emptying.

So what i think is happening is, im having a poo but the exit end for my poo is to far up and away from actual ass hole and i can't push with out the poo expanding into this area so it doesnt actually come out and stays and compacts and i usually have poo protrouding when i wipe.

I can not physically push poo out I havent been able to for a year or more, the only way to get the poo out of the pocket is with finger or to push from the front area of my butt hole i can feel the poo filing up the cavity.

i do however have a straight through poo if very loose but still there must be remians left in teh cavity

like others i have blood on my finger but Ive never worried about it as its not continues or even in my poo ( when its out!)

fartqueen's picture
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OH HEAVENS! OMG no don't strain when going poopie....jeezzz if its that hard and that much work2get this sucker outta ya try later and if that isn't an option well ya better get ur buttooty too a Dr and find out whats up w/your colon....I hope you'll have great success in ur future bowel movements! ;)

Anonymous Coward's picture

Ok i have this problem where my shit will NOT come out at all and its scaring the shit out of me (joke) i dont know whats wrong but i push and push but nothing happens it gets to a certain point and my anal muscle just pushes it back in which can be painful, i have no way of doing this guys please can someone help me and will a laxative tablet or something work?? its fukin huge and hard.

turd turdgutson's picture
l 100+ points

Diet schmiet. Laxatives taxatives.

I say PUSH.

Push until your face flushes red.

Push until your lungs give out.

Push until the veins on your forehead protrude. Push until your pulse pounds in your ears. Push until your eyeballs feel as though they're about to explode from your skull and your colon distends into the water. Push as though your very life depends upon the movement of that logjammed turd. And when you reach that nirvannaa-like state of near-anurysm...push some more.

If you're not dead, unconscious, or otherwise relieved by that medical attention. Or rent a Roto-Rooter.

" guys are missing the genius of Turdgutson's idea. We should certainly not be shitting in the sink, but why not invent a Toilet Disposal? Your tampon, giant turd, or some hooker's hand won't flush? Just flip a switch!" - SamDamnit

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Anonymous Coward's picture

As long as the constipation is not caused by a serious medical condition, follow the advice on food combining, drinking enough H2O, and having enough fiber in your diet, and add a MAGNESIUM supplement.

Most folks are deficient in Magnesium. They can be found at your local drug store or health food store. They are often combined with Calcium (because they help prevent constipation from the calcium) so be careful about getting one with a very high calcium content (because high calcium will cause constipation). It is possible to find one with no calcium which is especially helpful if you're already taking a multi vitamin which has calcium in it. You wouldn't want to double up on calcium if you are having constipation issues.

The magnesium will be a great aid in bowel movements. I tried all the suggestions mentioned above and had some relief but I was not free of constipation until I started using Magnesium. It has changed my life! :)

baron von crapalot's picture
k 500+ points

I find that WD40 works a treat. The straw allows for deep lubrication.

Its also used a a tool to displace water, so if you ever get the liquishits.... WD40 does it again!!

Did I just fart?.... Oh shit! NO!!

I hope to god I've just sat in a Shepard's pie.

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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BVC..........Thanks for adding another handy use for WD-40 to my ever growing repertoire.

Michael W.......Please wash your hands very well before you make me a bologna sandwich.

Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

poop010004's picture

hi im 11 and i have really hard time going to the bathroom. My mom has to hold my hands, and when i wipe all it is is blood. It hurts so much i try not to go! Every time i do this i cry because i feel bad. I t just is soooooo hard please help me!

prarie doggin's picture
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poop010004, see above two posts.

poo trainer's picture

try this. instead of pushing it out wait. if nothing is happening this accupuncture technique helps me.
use the index and middle finger and push into the tummy about and inch out from the belly button, it should feel slightly tender. hold for 20 seconds or so then try the other side a movement should come with no effort. this is a great website

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Did you mean "acupressure"? Hmm... I'll have to try that one.

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

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How could I be so lucky to find this site on a Saturday nite. I could have missed it had I have been on a date or doing something to integrate my sad, sad life into society. Thank you PoopReport for changing my life.

Russell's picture
l 100+ points

Laxitives help and lots of water
Russell the shitting queen

Russell the shitting queen

Anonymous Coward's picture

I too have to push from the front area of my butt hole to poop and have a hard time cutting it off. When i went to my gynocologist she told me I have a pocket area in my butt that makes it fill up there and gets stuck. She told me the name of it and i forgot. I've beentrying to find the medical term but can't seem to find it on the web anywhere.

Anonymous Coward's picture

it's called a rectocele. I have it too.

Coward's picture

I had more trouble that I probably ever have going to the bathroom. I had to strain really hard, and it just wont come out. It seemed like it was stuck and after my hard effort, it just comes a little bit not completely.I've had problems with rectal bleeding over the past few months thought I would see a doctor but I cant. I feel shy.So please give me some suggestion . What should I do??/

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Misspinchaloafissad's picture

Ok, so I am on the pot today and quickly realize the titanic is in my tushy and it won't come out. My self determination causes to me try bill Cosby's pushing/breathing tricks then I feel that was a bad idea. So I try the walk and wait, nothing. Then I put my finger inside
my vagina to push the titanic in the right direction... You know wide is the fare but narrow is the way. Then by this point I am in so much pain I start to pray for help a miracle of softened stool. Did I mention my phone is ringing f friends an fam wishing me a happy birthday. So finally I grab my IPhone and google my poop is stuck and end of here!

Determined not to stick my finger in my boat dock, I try a hot bath! Yeah right all that did was stimulate bowels. So now I am contracting with no lick! So the pain was so intense ( I know pain I've birthed three kids w/o any drugs) that I decided grabbing it was m only hope! Afterall how would I make it to a pharmacy with a three year old and the
titanic peeking out! So much for natural endorphins kicking in the lessen the

What happened next traumatized me! PAIN, stench of Ammonia and a fifteen minute process of navigating through the
bouoys (hemmys and lots of them, thinking about charging them rent around my dock and up into and around the titantic. I broke off what felt like large pieces nut only ended up being a tablespoon size chunk at a time! Blood Sweat and Tears for almost an hour! So when it was all out or at least what I could reach, my bowels started to move like a propeller unglogged
of fishing line, seaweed and a shoe! I ha to push but was petrfied . I did anyway and I exploded. I have never seen that much poop. Did I mention I bled a good bit and gagged a ton more! I have eaten almost nothig today out of fear and just recently tooted an it get like I had to do a split to get the air around the Fricken Colony of Buouys! What can I do from here
to assure this doesn't happen in the am again. Now that I know how bad it can be I CANNOT GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN! thanks for being sonopena ns honest! It saved my ass! Literally

the expert pooper's picture

OK here's what you do.

1. eat fruit and vegetables, get lots of fibre in the diet.

2. Exercise - move that body so those bowels are moving and working properly.

3. don't push. let it come naturally. if you push forwards those muscles are going to contract and push it all back. not good. Don't use laxatives because if you follow these rules youw on't have to.

happy pooping x

Anonymous Coward's picture

Female age 50 - after suffering for months - and do eat lots of fiber/drink water etc - had tried to push poop out manually in desperation I used a gentle flow of water from shower hose - relief - only use occasionally and no more piles, blood or laxatives

Poop for Life's picture

Please help. Ok, so one day I was out on the driving range playing golf and it was the middle of the day, and i was really hot, and I started feeling all lightheaded and dizzy, so i went to the bathroom to cool off (AC in bathroom) then, I felt like I had to shit, so I sat down on the toilet and pushed. The pain was unbearable. it was like a watermelon was ripping through my ass. I got off the toilet, an went back out to play golf. When I got home, I started feeling like I needed to shit again. This time, I sat and grabbed the edges of the toilet and pushed. I sat there for an hour at least pushing as hard as I could and I had gotten about halfway through and I looked down and I had a football sized turd coming out my ass. Well, stupid me, freaked out and sucked it back up. Well, I went to bed, and now, at least 1:00 AM, I have to shit again. So I go to the bathroom and I push and start to sweat and I cried and sobbed because it felt like my ass was being cut open. then. I got it out finally with one big push and I swear my toilet bowl was filled with blood, turning the water red and my turd was about the size of a basketball (ok, I'm exaggerating it FELT like it was the size of a basket ball.) I just about passed out when I was done. But, man, the pain was awful. Does anyone know what I can do to prevent this? I had a similar experience another five times other then this, and I am in so much pain, please help me!

This is Poop for Life, signing off of

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Dear PFL: You did not mention eating or drinking habits, so I assume you have not made major changes in those to soften your poop. First, every day, drink lots of water; I drink 64 oz. per day. Second, eat more high-fiber foods: whole grains, nuts, leafy green veggies, etc. Third, when you feel the urge to poop, do it as soon as you can; don't deliberately wait. Fourth, try to establish a daily habit: figure out when your bowels like to move and, whether you feel the urge or not, go sit on the pot and wait to see what comes. It may not every time, but then again, you might get more frequent, softer, easier stools.

hereforthepoo's picture

cant poo? try using that plunger on something other than the toilet.

Owweee's picture

Hey, I find that as long as it's not a rock hard poop, I find that drinking water while I poop, and also smelling something sweet or just something that smells nice helps.

Amy's picture

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I have resorted to inserting my finger up my anus in order to expedite a stubborn BM a few times (only at home though, would not do this in a public restroom). I first will try to massage the rectal area as best as I can in hopes that it will help. I then try to open wider by pushing on the front area between my legs near the rectum (someone else mentioned this too) and then strain some to try to get it to come out further. Only as a last resort do I use my hand to pull or dig the stuck poop out; I find it humiliating to need to touch my feces in this fashion. The smell of poop on the hands is not a pleasant one, and after the first time of doing this bare-handed, I keep disposable gloves under the sink in the bathroom.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am so shocked to read I am not the only one who has been through all this before - The straining for an hour in unbearable pain, resorting to breaking off chunks with your finger that feel huge but turn out to be tiny, putting fingers into the vagina to push the poop out manually (I feel horrible for guys who can't do that and just have to wait!!!) the sweating and feeling like a vein in your forehead will burst and your actual intestine might come out your anus, and feeling like you will actually pass out from pain and like your anus might just tear, and then finally, FINALLY, IT'S OVER and, and then the intense fear that we will ever have to go through that again!!!

Which brings me to the point of my comment:
People, how on earth could you EVER be brave enough to WILLINGLY ENDURE THAT EVER AGAIN?!

It happened to me ONCE and I learned my lesson:


Sure eating more leafy greans and whole grains is great and increases your dietary fibre, but what if you CAN'T always eat perfectly or you just DON'T eat perfectly/eat enough fibre???

Are you just going to suffer through passing the titanic through your asshole again??? NO!!!

I started taking a brand called "benefibre"
It's CLEAR, TASTE FREE, and you can add it to just about ANYTHING that you can mix it into.
Although it claims to be "taste free" and it pretty much IS, it does have a SLIGHTLY sweet hint to it, I find, if you add enough of it, so I prefer to add it to sweet foods (say rice pudding or ice cream)

But the point is, if you're constipated, don't go through that torture ever again, I know I haven't had to ever since, go to the drugstore, grocery store, whatever, and buy yourselves a fiber supplement.

YES it works, NO it's not a waste of money, or a gimmick, I have forgott to take it twice since that fateful day I passed the titanic through my anus and started using a Fibre Supplement, and the two times I forgot to take it, about one week at a time, I got constipated and went through the same hell all over again, but I learned my lesson trust me, until I KNOW I have enough fibre in my diet without the supplement or until I understand what other factors caused me to be constipated in the first place, I REFUSE to stop taking my Benefibre, and I know I won't have to worry about spending an hour on the toilet in unbearable pain ever again, for as long as I do!!!

So for those of you still suffering, please try this simple and quick solution and put those one hour torture sessions in the bathroom behind you!!!

How come nobody has mentioned this?
Has anyone else been as successful just by taking a fibre supplement?

Thanks for reading!!!

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Lately I've been having occasional very hard movements that require a lot of hard pushing--this in spite of drinking lots of water. Don't know what it means; but I have learned that it's better to push hard enough to get the poop out the first time rather than wait. On the other hand, sometimes there's just not enough for a good movement the first time, so waiting lets a bigger mass descend through the pipe, and then it comes out with less pushing. I never know which it will be. It all comes out in the end, though.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I went in to hospital for an operation on my foot. On the 4th day after the operation I felt a monster poo coming. I sat on the bog for about 30 mins trying to push this poo. It just wouldnt come out. It was the toughest poo I've ever had in 30 years.

I could feel it was all hard and dry, and thats why it wasnt coming out my butthole. I also wanted to stick my finger up by bum to try to dig it out. The desperation does eventually get to you. I tried massaging my anus on both sides. This loosened the dry hard bits.

Once that dry hard bit come out, then I had a normal soft lava poo that came out after that. It was about 3 days worth of poo in one go. I was proud.

So you must poo regularly, and try a massage before sticking your finger in there. Hope this helps you guys.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I haven't passed a "log" in I don't know how long. I never really thought about it until recently. I drink coffee and that seems to do it for me but it's always softer chunky poo. Like I said, I haven't passed an actual log in a long time... can't remember when.

I moved to Asia a few years ago. I eat a lot of kimchi but avoid rice. Recently I stepped on a scale and realized I lost a lot of weight since I moved here... I've always been underweight so it freaked me out. I started eating cheeseburgers everyday. I gained a bit of weight back and started to look a bit healthier. It was weird. With the cheeseburgers (no fries or cola), my complexion cleared and the whites of my eyes were brighter and clearer. However, my stools slowed way down... like every other day if that and were not too productive.

I'm not a big eater. I think that's maybe part of the problem. If I eat three times a day they're usually small meals that are calorie dense (cheeseburgers) (ramen noodles with kimchi, eggs, tuna, etc.).

Not a big veggie eater although I do eat them... canned usually and a bit of fruit (usually at least a piece a day).

So, would you be concerned? Do I have some blockage deep in my plumbing preventing log formation?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've been having the same problem as a few people here. I have an incredibly hard poop and no matter how much I strain I can't pass it. I feel it at the base there, but just can't quite get it out. Lately I've managed to get a few small bits out but there's been no more progress. I've taken laxatives, which have no effect, some supositories which were meant to work in 30 minutes but didn't do anything either, and I've been having awful stomach cramps.

I'm really not sure what to do. I just want to know if there's some way to soften it? I've tried everything!

1950magie's picture

I've been constipated since I was 6 y.o.
Female, now I'm 61! living in Southern Europe.
A whole life on laxatives, that allowed me to have a somewhat "normal life".
This summer, not having gone on holiday, staying at home & having a lot of free time, I decided to break the addiction to laxatives, or at least to try .
So I put mysef on the "anti-constipation diet" (water, fiber, very little meat only with vegetables, no carbs - summer temperature helps ! - fresh prunes & melons & peaches)
& waited to see what happened.
The first time I felt the urge (say a 3 days after the last good poop) I squatted on my potty & started to push and push and push: the log was there, I could feel it inside my bum, some movements I had too (mr Perry Stalsis), but it was big & dry & wouldnt move, in spite of a lot of pushing.
So I had an idea: I have to make il slippery!
If it’s slippery, I'll push it out, no matter how big it is.
So I went to the kitchen, took out some butter and with a sharp & hot knife, I sculpted some suppostoires, put them inside a cup, and the cup inside the FREEZER.
Without this, the butter would melt, while inserting it inside the anus.
So I waited some hours, until the butter suppostoires were frozen (that is: hard enough) & with a sense of excited hope took them to toilet, to insert a couple of them up, into my anus.
It didnt hurt at all, in spite of the temperature-difference !
With one finger, I pushed them as high as possible in my rectum, possibly BEHING the big turd.
Then I kew I had to wait at least 30 min. So I did.
This time elapsed, some farts & some liquid trying to escape, detecting that the GREAT MOMENT WAS COMING.
So, back again, squatted on my potty, praying God.
The beginning was hard: sweating & pushing (but only when I felt the contraction arriving, otherwise I'd get hermroids).
The first result of ¼ hour work were just 2 round, hard little things. I watched them lying miserably in my potty: it was better then nothing, though not what I wished & needed ! Most ot the hard turd was still there!
So I gave time, every now & then, kneeling to rest the legs, with my back right & bowel muscles as relaxed as possible.
Then again squatting, wait for the contraction & pushing.
I had not to wait long: when I felt the turd had starting to open my anus, very slowly proceeding his way down, I took a long breath and - shivering all the way through - pooooshed without stopping as long as I could stand without taking breath !
And there it was: my masterpiece.
Just one, but it was there, a turd about 15 cm long & 3 cm large.
It was 1 to 0, in the match with my constipacy, achieved without laxatives, in the first time of my long adult life !
The days that followd, I prosecuted the "ideal diet" & repeted the "butter suppositoires" treatment, whenever I felt the rectum was full & a B.M. was arriving (say every other day)
You know what ? With the system described above, this afternoon, i succeded in making as many as 3 (THREE) turds, the same lenght & width, like the first time. WAW !
Had not hoped so much !
My match against constipation is now 3 to 0, in my favour.
Not yet won the war, but starting with 3 won battles, I feel glad & happy.
If someone wants to try THE SAME, i RESUME THE ESSENTIAL:
4. PREFER TO SQUAT, instead of SITTING: a baby potty, not too small, will do perfectly
and you’ll see the difference with just SITTING !
That's all.
Mothers in birth-labour do the same, when giving birth to a child.
With me it worked ( a very constipated lady, with totally lazy bowel, addicted to laxative
for her whole lifetime).
Why shouldnt it work with you ? GOOD LUCK !

Anonymous's picture

Oh for the love of GOD....I'm not the only one in the world to have done the finger in the butt move only to pull out a tiny little nothing that felt like a damn truck. I've strained, I've cried, I've prayed and nothing. Guess I'll just stick to water, fiber, fruit and hope this damn monster in my body makes an appearance soon.

Anonymous's picture

hey this might sound dumb but it works for me to speed up the bowl movement..... I massage my uteris/stoumach area, right below the belly button. I don't know why it helps but after a few minutes of the massage everything falls out. also if its really bad i kinda shake my belly a little (that little roll of fat under the belly botton) gently but firmly

Anonymous's picture

Dear people on this site. Dear LORD! Today I realized my tummy hurt, so i went to the toilet, and sat down. The poo started coming and then it stopped mid spill. I started freaking out. I have NEVEr had this happen to me before! So i started deep breathing, which helped some, but still nothing. I was desperate! We happen to have those plastic gloves in the bathroom, so embarrassed, i put one on and started popping off pieces, which felt HUGE. I looked down and they wer so small. But anyways, i did this a few more times and finally got out the HUGE log stuck in my bum. I felt so relieved. Then i had a normal BM. Even though it hurt and stung so bad, it happened. After cleaning up, i got out of the bathroom and went to my room and laye down, so tired from all the pushing and straining. Then i felt like i would puke, so i got up, drank lots of water. Then i kept feeling as though i had diariah. It was horrible. I went back to the john and pooed again. Now im sitting here not sure how i feel. But just so you all know, dont be scared to put on a glove and plop off the turd. Breate and you'll eventally get there. Even though now i have to pee every 5 minutes because of all the pushing, i feel muc better! Good luck yall!

Anonymous's picture

Why doesn't everyone squat to poop? I used to be a 20+ minute toilet user using 8+ sheets of toilet paper. Now that I squat it's a minute or less and 4 sheets of toilet paper. I really pay attention to the quality of my poop now also and enjoy my quick poops. Poops to avoid meals only consisting of: low fat beans and low fat wheat products.

Anonymous's picture

mineral's not the best tasting stuff but it lubricates. follow instructions on bottle. rubbing around anus also helps.

Anonymous's picture

My sister had this same problem last week. She never has bowel trouble then found herself five days without going. She said she was driven out of her mind with the obsession of getting the hard brown bullet out. finally she poured some soapy water into a baster and squirted it up. within an hour the eagle had landed. Hope this helps.

Anonymous's picture

I've had poop plugged up in my butt for a week now, was NOT able to push it out, and I was NOT getting the peristalsis to be able to push it out. Sooo, I've heard really good things about Fleet's Glycerin Liquid Suppositories. Let me tell you, they are AMAZING. I had my boyfriend administer it up my butt as I was leaning forward on the sink as he sat on the toilet and squeezed it up there. Within a minute, my butt was burning and my stomach was hurting, I thought that I should let the liquid in there for a bit more to soften the poop in my anus, but I just couldn't take it. I pushed and out came the liquid from the suppository...I had a pair of gloves on so I could feel that the turd had softened up but it was still really hard to push it out. My butt was burning horrendously and peristalic contractions were a-go, so all I could do was push as hard as I could...and FINALLY relief! The first part of the turd was big and hard while the second half sort of tapered off and appeared to be more hydrated (probably because of the mineral oil I take). Your butt should be able to handle the size of the turd once you take the glycerin liquid suppository, just relax, and push as well as you can (without causing damage), and you'll be fine. Yes, it's going to hurt for a little bit, but you need to get it out--otherwise you'll end up in the ER having a nurse stick her fingers up your butt..and that is unpleasant, and embarrassing. I bought a 4 pack of those Fleet liquid glycerin suppositories for like $4 at Walmart...I guess they are safe for daily usage too. Hope this helped. Oh and also, I would look online for a bowel retraining type guide--25-30 grams of fiber is a must, as is 8-10 glasses of water, AND at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. You might want to look into taking digestive enzymes as well-they really aid the digestive tract. Activia yogurt and probiotics are really good for you, too.

Anonymous's picture

Get a spoon of mineral oil everyday and eat oatmeal. Everyday and the problem is solved forever!

Anonymous's picture

Well, after reading all of this, I don't know what to say except I have the same problem as all of you and do the same thing to remove the stool that I feel inside my colon. This is so aggravating . I drink almost a gallon of Alkaline water daily, exercise 3 to 4 times a week for 25 to 30 minutes, eat Trader Joe brand of cereal , Almond Cl-aster and P econ with cinnamon cereal daily with almond milk and a small bowl of blue berries , cherries, or strawberries with Greek Plain yogurt on top of that, and have a toss green salad almost daily for lunch at work. My stool is not always hard usually can be soft and still does not want to come out. Plus I take vitamins and am taking Omega XL which is suppose to be a good quality of Omega and is not cheap at that. Was thinking of trying the Magnesium next as one writer suggested. May we all be healed from this annoying problem.

Anonymous's picture

Hi Everyone: My problem is two-fold. I began using suppositories because my poop was so hard and I didn't want to go the laxative way. Even with proper eating and drinking plenty of water my poop was always hard. When the suppositories began to fail I started using Fleet enemas. Now the poop doesn't drop to my rectum and the only way to get it out is to put water into my rectum. The force of the water would bring the poop out, problem now is my sphincter won't open. Now I have to manually create a little hole for the water to gush out. What is going on with me?

Anonymous's picture

I had awful pooping issues. When I was younger, I was constantly constipated , and it got so bad to where the area under my belly button hurt really badly, and I couldn't even get a drop of pee out. I took some of this stuff called miralax, and it does the trick. I took it and then drank a glass of hot water, the poop came out a few hours later. But I haven't been taken miralax recently, so a few weeks ago, I had a huge log inside of my stomach. I tried going to the bathroom, but it wouldn't come out. There was a huge piece just hanging out of my bottom, and I could tell it was about to come out. So I sat for a few minutes and then I eventually used my finger and lightly touched it, And it dropped out. To prevent myself from constipation issues, do I just need to eat more veggies and fiber and drink more water? Please help and tell me if I need those things. I don't eat healthy all the time, mostly junk food. So Im guessing I need to eat and drink healthier?

Anonymous's picture

I've suffered with constipation, hard BMs, and fissures because of it for about 15 years. Going off caffeine helped somewhat, as did the usual "fiber, fruit, veggies, fiber supplements, water, stool softeners, etc.," routine -- but all of this did not really solve the problem.

As it happens, I have also always drunk a lot of milk. My problems started with a gargantuan BM I had after I ate about a pound of dates with a quart of milk fifteen years ago.

About ten years ago, a gastroenterologist suggested I go off milk but I foolishly ignored him because I really like milk. I read about it again about five months ago and in desperation I tried it and stopped milk completely. And "Voila," the consistency of my BMs changed completely. From hard scratchy monsters, sometimes impossible to pass, to soft and easily passed logs.

I still occasionally have problems, but it is much better. I recommend people try going off milk and see what happens.

Anonymous's picture

I've had this experience recently and thought I should share to try and help cause it really freaked me out!

On Sunday I went for a poop and a few drops came out but it felt just like a normal poo, then a bigger one came and it was almost out, then it just stopped. It felt like all my stomach and rectum muscles had stopped working. I panicked and began to push and push then I walked around for a bit getting more and more stressed. Nothing would work, I was almost in tears so in desperation I put my hand to my bum hole and manged to get out a few pieces which I thought might be making it stick but it didn't help and I didn't want to dig it all because of infections and it was just gross!
SOLUTION!- This is what worked for me and I suggest you try it if you don't want to tell anyone and are trying to sort it our alone. I walked around, I know this is extremely painful and uncomfortable as you feel like you need to go, but get some joggers on and just walk around your room. This calms you down so you can poop and repositions it to come out as your body is fixing the blockage. So walk around or sit in a comfortable position and wait for about an hour then do a few lunges and exercises and make your way to the toilet once more. Put in your earphone to have music to keep you calm and distracted and maybe something like a book or ipod game or typing seems to really help. Then just gently push. If this doesn't work put some sudercreme or Vaseline around the bum and in the bum hole and then gently push and it will come out! It is really horrible, this situation, but just stay calm and all will be ok!

Anonymous's picture

It happened to me today. I was at work and felt the need to go, mind you I never go at work, but I had to. Thinking this was gonna be easy since no one was in there, and the air vent was on so it wasn't super quiet. Perfect!

So I'm pushing and booom, it's stuck. I can feel it hanging out like a huge load. I push for at least 3o min. No luck.

So I had to leave work early, I rushed home, I could still feel the turd in my ass canal. Got home, pushed and pushed, stuck my finger back to feel around, whoa, was it huge. I spread my hole open with my fingers and pushed some more. At this time I didn't even wanna push but my body started pushing on its own.

Sweat and tears and feeling dizzy the sucker came out. Super fat the size of my fist! Well that was an experience.

Anonymous's picture

This seems like a good place to discuss this. Lately, after supper or if I eat a big lunch, my stomach feels full. Then I feel gassy and feel an overwhelming urge to poop. Usually I do so with little difficulty. However in the past few days, I have felt a need to push. So push I do, and push and push. Not much comes out and whatever does is stuck to my anus.

I lean forward to the point of touching my ankles and breath deeply, then another push before that little piece comes out.

I drink lots of water, eat lots of fiber and don't eat red meat.
What is wrong with me?

Anonymous's picture

I just wanted to chime in here with situation I found myself in today:

I got home from school (grad student), and had the intense urge to pass a stool, so I went into the bathroom and when I attempted to do my business, it suddenly felt crazy painful like I had a baseball in there. At this point I reached around (something I'm not sure if I've ever done before..), and realized my hole was so stretched that I could pass 2 fingers through without even touching the sides, and nothing had come out yet. So I completely freaked out with thoughts of tearing my hole wide open, and immediately quit trying.

My goal was to find something to SOFTEN this mass so that it would reform into a thinner, easily-passing shape. Out of desperation, I went to TWO pharmacies and bought a saline enema ("Fleet"), glycerine suppositories, and miralax (polyethylene glycol). I immediately took a full dose of miralax. Then I scoured the internet and called a nurse hotline even. After intensely researching all of my options (water, fiber, laxatives, enemas, etc). It was then that I determined the following is the only real solution:

Insert glycerine suppository, hold it for a half hour, then go sit on the pot and as others have suggested, relax as much as possible so things start moving, and get your fingers up in the business to slowly pull of pieces until it all gives way. Yes, it is probably the grossest thing (and painful) you will ever do, but here is why this is the right decision:

1. Urgency - If you have a hard mass that you cannot pass, there's really no way of knowing how far backed up it is. You should basically treat it like a medical emergency because if you let it go for even a day or two, yes, you could perforate your colon and die. So if you are worried about your ability to clear it, go to an emergency room TODAY.

2. No other remedies are sufficient in this situation and here's why:

Water - Yes, you should drink a lot of water, but for an acute blockage, it will not hydrate and soften up a hard stool by the time you need it to.

Fiber food/supplement - If you have a blockage you should NOT take fiber to clear it, as this can make it worse. Make sure you have cleared the blockage, then by all means go to town with fiber (and be sure to drink water to match).

Miralax/milk of magnesia - Won't reliably start working for at least 1 day, and may take up to 3.

Saline enema - If you load your rectum with a saline enema (or otherwise), you better be sure that you will be able to clear it within the hour. It can become dangerous otherwise. This means that if you do the enema, but your blockage will not pass, you are in big trouble and need to visit the ER.

If you're reading this, you can get through it. Good luck, and wash your hands afterwards lol

Anonymous's picture

Hi I'm really young and I just noticed that in the past weeks Its been much harder for me to get my poop out. Usually about every other day when I go to the bathroom I'll be sitting on the toilet for about 45 to 50 mintutes trying to push the poop out its not painful at all I just feel like it's stuck there and I don't know what to do! Like right now I'm sitting in bed and I feel it hanging in my butt I'm not even getting up to use the bathroom because I know I'll be on the toilet for quite a long time. It usually comes out in the end but I'm sick of this. I just want it to come out normally like it use to! Help!!

Anonymous's picture

Just shove your finger right up. Oh yeah, you have problems.

Anonymous's picture

Is it possible if my stomach hurts but I want take the laxative pills? I feel like pooping sometimes but I can not push out the poop. It's really painful but I'm scared to take the laxatives. What should I do now?

I am so scared to take the pills, I am thinking if I take it my stomach will get worse and hurt. I really want to poop but I can not get it out. Maybe I should be cool and try to take the pills.

I think its a good idea for me to try it first. If no can I take Marshallese medicine to soften it so good cause its the way marshallese make the poop soft. WE DO IT WITH THE MARSHALLESE LEAF MEDICINE MAKE YOU POOP SOFT..

Good luck everybody! I am going to call my doctor to come with me to get some drink leaf from the jungle.

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Good luck on finding a natural laxative in the jungles of the Republic of the Marshal Islands. I think it would be easier to just go to a drug store.

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

Anonymous's picture

Hello, you can call me Ghost. I'd just like to say thank you all for posting your experiences with constipation troubles along with solutions!

My problems started after I started my Suboxone program, the side effect IS constipation and it's been the story of my life! Let me just say, I'm glad I'm not the only one who got desperate enough to actually grab the poop only for some sort of relief! I would rather have diarrhea any day than constipation!

I told my doctor about this problem and he suggested Senna-S. It worked the first couple of weeks, but now, from reading your posts, my body must of gotten used to it, it don't work as well anymore. I drink water like there's no tomorrow, but don't eat well at all!

After this last bout I guarantee I'll be eating fruit and veggies everyday no matter what! Also I think I'll start drinking a glass of Prune Juice every morning. Does anyone have any suggestions of what brand I should drink? I would like a natural one since I stay away from sugary drinks (the only healthy thing I do).

Again I'd like to thank each and everyone of you for your courageous stories! People like me, think we're the only ones with this problem, the only ones who have touched our own poo and lubed up our butt-holes with Vaseline, cause we know its going to hurt like a B*TCH coming out!

In all seriousness though, THANKS, you all have helped me realize there are others out there with the same problem and I THANK YOU a million times more!!

Your sister in poop society,


Airforce1's picture

On the 5 minute from my works van to my house I suddenly had the urge to take a dump. I made it to the house okay and having made it from the check in to the departure lounge decided to take a visit to the throne. That was at about 5:30PM. Needless to say the doors of the departure lounge decided to jam closed. I first attempted the dry finger into the rectum. It felt like I had peanuts in my poo. After picking out only 3 tiny blobs and then getting a finger full of blood I began to panic.

I bent, squatted, squeezed, walked up and down the stairs all to no avail. My Muscles began to hurt and yet still this stubborn poo would not relinquish its hold. In desperation I resorted to Google. Thank god I did. I had none of the herbal or pharmaceutical remedies so decided to start swigging cooking oil washed down with water.

I then used some cooking oil to lubricate my poor arse and in doing so found that I too have a Peckham pouch. Gradually, a bit here and a bit there, repeated exercise and more oil swigging did the job and the rugby players thigh has finally taken off over five painful hours later.

Many thanks all for your ideas.

I couldn't have given birth to this one without you.

Anonymous's picture

Hello there new friends!

Just an update to my constipation problems. I've started drinking more water and eating a piece of fruit a day. Oddly enough, only these changes have help tremendously!

I've also started drinking a new tea I found at Whole Foods! Its a brand called Yogi, which is a medicinal tea and they have a variety of different teas for different issues, so I bought the one for digestive health called Stomach Ease. Might be a though for one of you, because it seems to be keeping me on track, so far so good!!

Good luck to you all and may our constipation issues GO AWAY for good.

Anonymous's picture

From experience, if you're stuck on the can for too long and nothing seems to be helping, try jumping up and down a good couple of times. If not, drink a lot of water and go for a jog or do any kind of physical activity that will get your bowel moving. At the very latest, in the state of desperation should you take laxatives. Your body develops a tolerance to them!
Sticking your finger in your bum can be seldom helpful and it might irritate your sphincter, I don't recommend it.

Anonymous's picture

Hi I just read your article about using acupressure when constipated and by using the index and middle finger and pushing an inch out from the belly button. I thought "yeah right what good is that going to do?" Well as a last resort I tried it and lo and behold it helped. I had to assist by pulling it out but that technique helped get things going. I had been trying for over an hour and nothing else had worked. Thanks so much.

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