little white balls in my poop

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Becca asks:

When I take a poop there are these little off-white round things that I see on the paper as well as in the toilet. What could this be? I have had this for over a month.

Dear Becca,

Let's look at this logically, shall we?

Anytime one has little white things coming out of one's butt and one is sure that it isn't just cheap toilet paper balls, one should go to the doctor (preferably with the aforementioned little white things in a jar) LONG befoe writing to a website devoted to humorous poop stories.

But, that's just my opinion. Go get it checked out.

Thanks for asking Poonurse!


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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412 Comments on "little white balls in my poop"

Anonymous Coward8000's picture

Also on Effexor and Wellbutrin, also have the white ball situation.

Lovin the Effexor's picture

I am also on Effexor and have recently discovered the little white balls about the size of a sesame seed. I was worried that it might be a parasite because I have been traveling around Africa recently and thought I had picked something up from there. Of course I have been having the African shits for about a month so I probably do have something...but its nice to know the little white balls arent from anything too creepy! So I think we can conclude that Effexor=little white poo balls!!

werewolf pooping on trees's picture
l 100+ points

White balls in poop? Sounds like those white things in potting soil. Some of you people could probably make good money selling potting soil that doubles as fertilizer...

...and they all lived crappily ever after!

...and they all lived crappily ever after!

Anonymous Coward's picture

When i take pain killers for to long my poop is dark to black in color, But recently my poop has bubbles comming out of it as if something is trying to breath under water.

Frank2401's picture
l 100+ points

_Anonymous Coward, ask your doc if you may becoming lactose intolerant (can cause foamy poop). If you can, stay away from the pain killers, they are trouble. ______
Press on warts, who would buy those? -Well, hags mostly.

Jenne's picture

My 3 and a half month old daughter has been switched from regular milk formula to soy to Alimentum to something called Neocate which is an amino acid based hypoallergenic formula and has had a wide variety of poops...the most disturbing of which are the little white ball things! They better not be parasites!

patathian's picture

Please rest assured that the LWB (little white ball) mystery is indeed the tablet shell of Wellbutrin XL, Effexor, or any of a number of other extended release oral drug formulations. If it looks to be the same size as the pill you take...that's what it is. I have worked for almost 20 years in clinical drug development (PhD) and have also been taking Wellbutrin for years for BPD. The technology behind the extended release drug formaulations is a shell with tiny microscopic pores that allow slow and constant diffusion of the drug into the digestive system. The shell itself is insoluble. (Notice how the shell floats in the potty, whereas the pill would sink) Normally, any stuff left inside it would be inactive "carrier" ingredients. However, if you're experiencing nasty diarrhea, the transit time through your gut is shortened and all the drug may not have been absorbed. This situation is also when you're more likely to observe the mysterious floating LWB. (I can speak from experience). Whatever you do (as some have suggested) do NOT break or crush the tablet/capsule before you take it. This can result in unsafe rapid peaks of drug exposure that could increase side effects and decrease the effectiveness of the drug over time.

Romeovoid21poostoo's picture

Hi, saw the page. Found it because I found a strange object in my poop. I thought it was corn...but then thought "hey i have not had any corn?!" So I got out the surgical tweezers and extracted the UPO. Under closer inspection it was white and round, it was my Wellbutrin XL...I am not sure how long I have been passing them, but isn't that kind of weird that I didn't digest it? I don't know if you take a pill it should get her done.

AnonymousGirl's picture

I do not take any medications and I almost never take pills of any kind. But I do get white stuff in my stool. Sometimes it is in the form of balls, and other times it looks like chocolate marshmallow swirl ice cream or something. Like the white stuff is more creamy and mixed in with the stool. Sometimes it appears to be somewhat foamy as well but that's not often. Is this lactose intolerant?

I grew up using 2% milk and switched to %1 as soon as I started buying my own groceries. Since then, I've switched to skim milk. I can't live without milk - I live off of cereal! I tend to eat cereal like Trix and Fruity Pebbles. The white stuff in my stool does not resemble any cereal I eat.

I want to know what's going on, but I don't know how to get my poop examined without feeling embarrassed. I don't speak to my PCM(doctor) directly. I call an appointments line and have to speak to some random person and tell them all the details. This is very uncomfortable.

Bilgepump's picture
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Anonymous Girl wrote: "...but I don't know how to get my poop examined without feeling embarrassed. I don't speak to my PCM (doctor) directly..etc"

Yeah, ok, random folks on the phone that work in health care, or a bunch of asshats, clowns, and reprobates on a poop humor web site..where would I go for medical advice???? Genius, lady, pure fucking genius.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

Anonymous Coward's picture

well i have this to and i havent told my mom and it is pinworms and if you have it it is usally itchy and you should take x-pin!! and cut your nails and wash your hands evey 30 minutes! and take a shower or bath every day!! and wash your seets and clothes ytou wore to bed every day!!!

Bilgepump's picture
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I am forever washing my "seets".....

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Well, THERE'S your problem. Seets should be dry-cleaned!

Another pooper's picture

I am on Wellbutrin XR and Wellbutrin XL and experience both the small white spheres and the disk shaped yellow thingies. So glad to hear they are from the meds. Someone should contact the crazymeds website. If this aint crazy, I don't know what is.
What I don't know is what is causing the abdominal pain, diarrhea and cramping that accompany the white balls. And why don't have have the white balls all the time?
Damnit, guess I've got to go to the doctor after all. Poop!


For 2 days now I have had diarrhea and today the poop has turned into soft formed turds. Booth in the diarrea and turd forms I am seeing white balls and also white patches. I mean white white not off white but white.

I have had major abdominal cramps, barfing, and fever. The doc said I have the stomche flu that is going around. I did not tell him about the white poop because I was to busy barfing in his office.

It seems to me that this stomche flu is cleaning me out big time. I poop and poop all the time. I do not know where it is all coming from since I cant eat much at all. I think the virus is washing some parasites out. They say about 90% of Americans have parasites. And that ours are just not normaly the deadly long spaggetti looking type like you see in the poor countries.

Next week I am getting some herbs that kill off parasites ( black walnut, pumpkin seeds and some more)

Anonymous Coward's picture

last night i took de-worming tablets and this morning i saw many many SMALL WHITE BALLS in my poo! I'm quite sure they were a large colony of threadworms that decided to evacuate immediately.

It was the first time I'd taken worm tablets as a (23yo) adult because I have felt slight itchyness in the bottom at night. Who knew I was so infested! gross! To anyone else that has found SMALL WHITE BALLS or threads in their poo, if you are itchy, it is most likely threadworm, roundworm or hookworm - which tablets will fix!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hiya, I seem to be joining the ever growing list of people finding things in their stools.
I would live to say thank you so much to "Anonymous Coward (not verified) -- 02.10.2007"
who posted this quote & link
"The little white balls/spheres in my poop has been freaking me out for a few weeks. I take effexor XL (venlafaxine) too like many people here having same problem. I found this on the web:

"The extended release formulation of venlafaxine contains spheroids which release the drug slowly into the digestive tract. The insoluble portion of these spheroids is eliminated and may be seen in the stools."

I had at last worked out that is was my meds velafaxine/effexor that was causing it, but I was worried that I may have not been digesting the meds properly and that they therefore werent working, but its good to know that this can often happen. Shame they dont include this info on the box!!

A x

Anonymous Coward's picture

HA. man i'm glad i came here. i googled my problem and it seems that EFFEXOR is the answer!! thanks you guys!! i was worried!!

daphne's picture
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We love when this happens! Good to hear that you're relieved.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Anonymous Coward's picture

Sesame seeds? Whevever I eat McDOnalds, I always see sesame seeds.. From the bun of course

The Shit Volcano's picture
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I may never eat mole sauce again...

What if everyone farted at once?

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

What in the HOLY name of CRAP?'s picture

This is the best site I've read in FOREVER! The last time I laughed this hard was when I first watched the "hahaha" baby on youtube.

I just googled "my poop looks weird", because I had no idea that half the freakin' world has LWB in THEIR poop, TOO!!! Seriously, who knew?

I take no meds, but a few supplements (no white or beige balls in the one capsule)...but I HAVE been eating a lot of fibrous veggies and Isagenix shakes and bars, lately. Since fiber busts cholesterol's ass and takes it out the bung-hole, I wondered if it was little cholesterol balls coming out in large numbers. NOW I think I need a parasite killer in my midst. humph.

N E who, I just wanted to thank you all for a dam good laugh. Especially cafeteria guy. I almost shat myself!

For a good time, visit: !

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have these same tiny white bead things in my poop, also along with sudden diahreaa. It has lasted about three weeks so far. I thought about parasites, but the diarheaa didn't last more than a few days. I suspected giardia, which is a parasite, except that the runs didn't last and there has been no weight loss. But today I read a question like mine answered by an M.D. who suggested checking for giardia, where the feces is tested three separate times. Though I do use Effexor XL, I want to know for sure!

Amoz's picture

It is parasites go on a parasite clense, get them out you will feel better, im on a 30 day right now by knowledge products called paraway.

painandlaughter's picture

if u have gerd take apple cider vinegar organic only, take it with baking soda... i know cause i have it and it helps. if u have colitis i can't help u there cuz i'm in pain from it all the time. i take lots of capsules from supplements, i see white stuff too, one looks like capsule coating, the other like seeds, i dont know what the seeds may be just yet. good luck though, UFO thing made me laugh.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Today I noticed some stringlike substance in my poo, which was not moving. It almost looked like hair covered in poo. I ate a bunch of snow peas two days ago. Is it possible that the string part of the peas just didn't get digested?

ana's picture

ok so anyone see any fecal liths in the poop

not LWB's picture

ok, I feel much better now...from all the laughing and from the vastly confirmed probability that the BIG white balls lurking in the midst of my toilet bowl are remnants of extended release metformin...(between a regular marshmallow and a mini mallow in size! eek.)

My brain had gone down the parasite path, to the "I'm so fat now, maybe I'm pooping out the extra fat from food that my body doesn't need" (ridiculous, I know) thought now a much more acceptable "the pills are really just little sponges that you pass naturally when the medicine is all used up."

Oh what a relief it is!

black ball's picture

Ok, I take Effexor and vicodin. I've been noticing for awhile these black balls in my poop about the size of a real small grape. Today I just couldn't stand it when I had about 20 of these things in my poop. So I got some toilet paper and picked on out, and I know this is gross, but I picked it up and squeezed it. It was very hard and plasticy like an olive sort of, but had nothing inside of it, it was pretty much a solid black ball. Sometimes I think that these Texas doctors might have put some radio-active material in me on purpose during an endoscopy, and they are just now coming out. I really think they did something evil to me. Or I'm just a really sick puppy, both physically and mentally.

reedbabe's picture

The sesame seeds in the stool are parasite eggs. And most people DO have parasite in their colons so it is wise to do a regular parasite program to rid your body of them. You can do Hudla Clark's parasite cleanse which consists of Black Walnut Tincture, Wormwood and Clove capsules ( I bet most people that would do this cleanse would definitely see strange things in their stool. However, you shouldn't do a parasite cleanse from November to March as our body's go into a form of hibernation in the winter months and it is too hard on the system. I know all this because I work in a herb store for a Master Herbalist and because I did the cleanse myself and saw dead parasites in my stool. You can get parasites from water (drinking or wading), going barefoot outside, from other people not washing their hands, from your pets, improperly cooked meat, etc. We had a lady come into the store who could feel a tapeworm moving in her stomach! She did the cleanse and got rid of it and other parasites. So that's the poop this subject!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I find red, hard, circular "buttons" in my poop--if you mash it, there is a thick red and white mucusey stuff inside. Appears to be a larva of some kind. I don't take Effexor or any red pill for that matter. This happens several times a week lately. Any ideas?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Guys, I'm only 15, and I've been really worried for that past few months, with the same problem. It started off as blood, and I thought I had piles or something, it was then followed by little white worms, about a cm long, and then I got really worried. Now, about 4 months after the worms started coming, I started seeking help, through means of google. I've been too embarrassed to say anything in the past, but I've only learnt, literally seconds ago, what the problem is.

What you are all experiencing, I'm guessing is the same as me. Bleeding is only a rare occasion, you may not have that, but the litle white worms, are Pinworms. These are parasites that nest in the large intestine, and at night, they come into the rectum to lay eggs. They wriggle around, and cause you to 'Itch yourself' in your sleep. If you are then to out your fingers in your mouth, you are transporting the eggs, and it'll carry on.

Pinworms don't usually just 'Go away' but there are things you can do:

Change your bed linen every 2 weeks, and soak them in hot water. Do the same with any towels.

Trim fingernails short (as this may be a way of the eggs being transported around) and discourage fingernail biting

Open the bedroom curtains/blinds, as the eggs are sensetive to light (Do not mooney out the window, lol)

shower or bathe as soon as you get up, every day, to reduce egg contamination.

wear clean underwear every day.

You can also go to the pharmacy,and get a treatment over the counter, however you may still experience itching 2 weeks after the treatment. The blood, and gooey sticky liquid in the anus, should stop almost straight away. THE TREATMENT: Threadworm can be treated with one of two medicines, mebendazole (eg Ovex) or piperazine (eg Pripsen piperazine)

Eggs can survive in dust for two weeks, which may lead to infection by inhaling dust. Children in childcare institutions are easily infected by each other, so if the problem persists after treatment, you may need another few try's, these worms dont give up easily.

If you are still un sure if what you have is pinworms, look out for these symptoms:

1/4" moving white wormsin your excretion.
Gooey brownish liquid (not your poop)

By the way, do NOT be too alarmed! it is a mild infection, and is totaly harmless. However it can make for an annoying and disruptive childhood..

Now, I'm only 15 years old, but I hope I have been able to help, at least a little. I may visit this site a few more times, but I probably wont make it a hobby, please tell me if the info I have given has helped. Thanks.

Anonymous Coward(yes i am)'s picture

i get these too, im wondering if they arearasite eggs, because im not on any meds. should just eat more fiber? plzanswer im a little scared.

Anonymous Coward's picture

like its sounds like okra seeds dude

Anonymous Coward's picture

I get the tiny white eggs too, and am taking Effexor xl. Glad to get an answer. Having little white eggs in you poo is enough to make you depressed..oh yeah, we are.

advice for the weary's picture

hi guys, if you think u have parasites such as pinworms and u are too afraid to go to the doctor, just get over the counter PIN-X - i think this is what they give kids in third world countries too to rid them of parasites it's in tablet form. and if u are too afraid to be seen buying this then just order it online like at amazon or - regardless, it couldn't hurt. hope this helps people!

keeping the faith mom's picture

I feel somewhat relieved. My three year old son has been having digestive issues since September. After tons of tests and a colonaoscopy. It has been diagnosed with food allegies. His stools have been pale,foul smelling and loose. Since I've had him on a vegan diet for a month now it has improved still on the pale side but it is solid, his stool is still not totally to my satisfaction. I've repeatedly asked the doctors to check him for parasites. In August he drank some water that had been sitting outside and since then I've noticed this change in his digestive system. Yesterday I noticed a few tiny strings of blood, it almost looked like little worms but I couldn't really tell, and the little white balls in his stool, some of the balls appeared to be shrimp like. I also noticed some seeds however, I do give him lots of rice so I brushed it off as that. I also thought the balls could have been little balls of fat especially since I've changed his diet drastically. The only medication my son is on is pulmecort for asthma, which I started yesterday, albuterol, nasonex, and flinstones multi-vitamin. My gut feeling is that it is parasites as I thought in the beginning. Which ones I don't know. I've done the flash light check while he has been asleep but I've never noticed anything unsual. He has been checked for parasites (via stools) but it has come back negative for any of the parasites. I'm really upset that I didn't collect the sample of what I found yesterday but I will definitely call his pediatrician on Monday and ask for him to be re-checked for parasites. He was tested for H-pylori (via blood test) and it came back positive but his gi doctor asked for a stool test and that came back negative so he dismissed it as a false positive which he claims he often sees in small children. I'm going to seek a different gi:doctor because after this site, I really feel strongly that he has some parasites. I feel that God has led me to this site because I've been praying insesantly for some answers and God is good. Thank you. Any sugestions would be truly appreciated.

daphne's picture
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I'd suggest that you don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion and find out what your insurance covers. Also check your doctor's public record to see if he's ever had any complaints.

Go to your local pharmacy and ask about Pin X or other worm remedies, too.

And don't get discouraged. If he continues to bleed, see if it's possible that he's got other things like well, my dog just was found with giardia and has the the same symptoms your child has. It can be gotten from stagnant water.

If the doctors blow you off, consider taking a male family member with you. Sometimes doctors can be bullies.

Good luck.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Anonymous Coward's picture

Ohhh man I've been googling my balls of... til I found this thread! Thank you Moses (as well as Jesus) for the Internet! I've been worrying myself sick about thoose WHITE BALLS!

Of course my mind went about parasites, but none of the search result really really fitted thoose little white sesamy-alike things. And I have been Googling - beleive me..

I'm on Effexor like the rest of you depressed pooping bastards ;-), and consider rest my case thanx to this thread. White balls it is. Effexor is da criminal..

Thank you everyone for sharing this shitty (!) problem. Sorry for my english, I am from sweden (therefore I am .........NOT! (talking with Borat)).

Kisses and shities on everybody!


Anonymous Coward's picture

(i am consciously naming myself anonomous coward)
anyway, if it is indeed white and moving, the culprit might be something called pin worms. I had them when i was little, they scared the hell out of me. but the doctor got rid of them easily i just had to drink this gross orange stuff. However i am now noticing these white balls and i don't know what these are...

Effexor GRL's picture

Hello. I am on Effexor XR 150 mg. My dose was just doubled about 6 weeks ago. I never had white balls in my poo, but I do now. I freaked out. I am so glad this is more normal than I thought.

Relieved's picture

2/2008: Thanks to the folks who answered the question to LWBIMP as being time release medication tranport beads. I, too, wish the medication literature highlighted this. We have enough to worry about staying well. 'Just shows how (un)thorough any profession can be.

itseffexorxrtoblame's picture


i noticed this was already metioned but break open an effexor xr capsules and look

Anonymous Coward's picture

i have these little BLACK balls in my poo and was wondering if anybody has any clue what they might be

they kinda look like kiwi seeds but i haven't eaten any kiwi in a while so

prarie doggin's picture
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AC, if you had read the headline, you would know this is a thread for little WHITE balls in your poop. You will have to submit that post as a story.

loopy with my poopy's picture

ok, for some of us this is actually pretty serious. Why do we have such a crap medical care that forces us on to try find others with similar symptoms who have hopefully more knowledge on than us on poop forums. I had stomach pains and poo problems for a long time and have been back and forth to the doctor with NO results! I returned to them a few weeks back when I had blood coming off my poo- quite a lot of it,and mucas. Wasn't my period and no sores on my bum etc.. this happened three days in a row. hasn't happened since- which leaves me unable to send in my samples the doctor requested of the unusual blooded poo :S Since all mt stomach and poo prob's I've become more poop aware, and I too have the tiny white flakey things in my poo.. that come in like clumps.. And I don't take any meds or vits. I wonder what the heck it is. And since trying to find some info I've found some pretty freaky allegations that there is wide spread bowel dysfunction, with some plaque like stuff that builds up in us that is bad bacteria that stops the good bacteria operating to carry nutrients where they should go. Whether it is true and some cover up or someones way of causing panic to make a quick buck I don't know . but why cant we get decent answers! At first I thought the white bits were undigested bread crumb particles, but knew it was too fine and crumbly for that, I stopped eating bread for the past couple of weeks and I've still got the white stuff.. I don't have to go looking for it its just there. I eat my fruit and veg... garr..

You kids who have wriggly bits in your poo and feeling shy- get to the doctors. They poo too, and have chances had worms etc.. and their kids, they are there to deal with these things, seen far more than you can imagine, its like putting on a band aid to them.

Anonymous nonCoward's picture

I'm on Effexor as well, and have been concerned about the "little white balls" for some time. I had seen a tropical med specialist after visiting africa, but the tests yielded no parasites. Good to have an answer!

As for anyone who has anything "moving" in their stool - just suck it up and go to the doctor, with two refrigerated samples! No joke.

prarie doggin's picture
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AC, the only thing "moving" with respect to my poops is the people running out of the house.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Ok.. my white balls in the toilet look like small white grapes... wtf??? Is it polyps passing out my body or what?

prarie doggin's picture
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You might want to talk to Daphne. She likes white wine.

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