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"

RRR's picture

YAY! Thanks all! I too am on Effexor XR and have been suffering from the white-balls-in-poop syndrome for a while now. Now I can avoid taking time off to go to the doc for parasite testing!
What I wonder now is, if these things are in our poop does it mean they are not absorbing into our systems, or is it just an outer shell?
Does anyone here take a generic version like me? Wonder if it has a lower absorption rate, and I also wonder how this "pooping out the balls" effects the efficiency of the drug?
*curiouser and curiouser*

MSG's picture
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I think the little balls are not all white to start with, and the coloring (and the chemical or nutrient that goes with it) are actually absorbed, though the little ball isn't fully broken down. Think of it as chemical corn, where the good stuff inside is absorbed into the bloodstream, but the outside isn't.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Okay, I too am experiencing the pea sized white balls in my poop. After two days of traveling, eating mexican food in the Vancouver airport, and having diarrhea for the past couple of days I took a look and there they were. I'm not on any of the meds mentioned although I do take vitamins. However, if it were undisolved time-release capsules why were there like 20 of the floating in there after one poop? I too put on a latex glove and pulled one out for inspection. It was completely round, pea sized, and had two black dots on it. Every one was identical. I tried to squeeze it or pop it but it was like an empty shell.

Freaked out, hoping it has nothing to do with the mexican food!

Take Your Meds...'s picture

Folks, you need to read the product monograph for your time-released medications. I take Wellbutrin XL, noticed the same thing, and did some research. Here's what it says on the monograph:

"The insoluble shell of the extended-release tablet may remain intact during gastrointestinal transit and is eliminated in the feces."

So, I took one of those little brown-stained "pills" out of my poop and put it in a ziplock bag. Then, I squished it. And you know what? it was hollow! (other than the clear brown fluid that came out of it - glad I put it in that ziplock)! In other words, the medication DOES release through the shell because it allows the highly-water-soluble medication to pass through (think like a thin sponge filled with powdered sugar). Eventually, your GI fluids interact with the shell and the medication is gradually washed through it.

So, now you know! Now stop worrying about the pills in your poop, and get back to work!

Anonymous Coward's picture

i just got the white ball in my poop and have no idea what it is , ive been goin to the bathroom like every hour i also get realy bad pains and everything its been going on for about 1 week

Anonymous Coward's picture

hi i am 14 and getting these sesame seed thing in my poop and am freaking out i need help please, i am not on any medication and have been getting in for a couple months now.

open mind's picture

2 things i notice here many of you are ignoring the fact that some people say they dont take meds and have similar LWB well not only do i not take meds but i dont eat processed foods so this is obviously something that affects all kinds of humans so stop talking about its the meds effexor or whatever foolishness and lets find the real problem together

_'s picture

Dear "open mind",

I have kidnapped all the periods from your post and am holding them hostage. While you were waxing philosophic about little white balls, I have taken by force your little black balls.

If you ever want to see them dangling at the end of your inane ramblings again, send a money order purchased with Botswanan pula in the ammount of eleven dollars and fourteen cents and mail it to:

Kidnapper's Secret Hideout
Behind the Yellow Trash Dumpster
Sesame Street South

If you can do this within the next five days, your periods will be returned to you unharmed.

Most Sincerely,

The Punctuation Bandit

MSG's picture
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Well, Punc Bandit, I took care of the apostrophes, but I'm not giving an address. Anon Coward 11 16, lots of fruits and vegetables (besides sesame) have seeds. Tomatoes, kiwi fruit, raspberries, and various other fruit seeds will pass right through you and reappear in your poop. If the seeds were soft, chances are you are seeing just the husk, and the inner parts of the seeds were digested. However, if the seeds are hard, they can pass through unharmed and whole. Lots of things besides meds can leave traces in your poop, so think of other possibilities.

POOPYYYY's picture

geez this started 5 years ago. i really hope Becca's seen a doctor.....

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have also noticed these wormy things recently, I went to my doctor and she said they were threadworms, I got some ovex tablets. You take one and that kills the worms that are alive and when there eggs hatch you take the second tablet and it kills them.

Tia's picture

When I poop, I get little white worms on my poop. Is it normal? They're no tineyer than my pinkie nail. They make my butt itch really bad.
What could they be? I don't like them very well. I have had them for a while, like 6-7 months.

WILL!'s picture

I think I had something similar around July-August... stomach cramps, lost 7lbs in about a week and a half (and i was only around 132lbs to start with, 5' 10").

Had white things in my poop... not always balls, sometimes stringy. I did nothing, pretty much had diarrhea for 3 weeks, eventually it went. (the stomach cramps were only present for a week though).

Wasn't on any meds and quite a few people I lived with / worked with got it

would it have been tape worms or something?

Anonymous Coward's picture

If it is long strands it may be intestinal yeast, most common of which is candida, which can come in balls too... google for photos of it. But I doubt they'd be perfectly round as a lot of people here's are.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hi I just posted and decided I should give you my real email address instead of, since you have a real moderator.

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I did delete your other post regarding your e-mail, no need for paranoia, your e-mail remains hidden, and will not be used for anything.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

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AC, to confirm we now have your correct email address (which as Bilge told you we would never use for any purpose whatsoever) please send your SSN, bank account number and password, and mother's maiden name. We won't use these, either.


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Oh, and all the e-mail you will be receiving over the next few days, regarding Acai Berry Juice, Herb-a-Life, Kirby Vacuums, Amway Products, and payday loans didn't come from here.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

"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)

Effexorgirltoo's picture

Glad I found this thread! (And it's still going strong 4+ years later XD) I'm on Effexor XR as well and noticed similar little white things in my poop. Was worried I might have worms (I work at a veterinary office) but didn't have any symptoms. Glad to know what it really is.

anonimous 10's picture

I also noticed these white balls in my stool for about a month; like 0.8mm in diameter. I was very scared for I though it was a big worm putting these things inside me. One of messages I saw here today mentioned something about a medication. These made me realized that I started to take some vitamin C about amonth ago. As always I tend to buy the most moder stuff, so I bought these capsules containing round shaped white balls about 0.9 mm in diameter. My lucky finding: these balls are not being absorved by my body. The good mews is they are NOT worm eggs.

pooster's picture

wow. Well I just had some white in poop (that's what i googled and it brought me here) and after reading I'm convinced that it must be this probiotic i'm taking called jarro-dophilus EPS. it's in the capsule form and it's purpose is related to digestion. hmm. anyone? anyone?

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Sorry, I have little chartreuse balls in my poop. Can't help.

Ali poo's picture

OMG! I take Effexor xr too, and also have the tiny hard white balls in my dooky! They kind of remind me of those little round sprinkles people use for ice cream toppings... I'm not too worried about it now that I know other people are experiencing the same thing that take effexor.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I too have these small white balls in my pooh I've had them since Nov. I went to the Dr. a week ago and turned in stool specimens I got my results back today NO PARASITES or PARASITE OVA! I told a friend of mine about the white balls or seeds in my stool she explained she had the same problem when she was on effexor. That explained everything because I started taking Effexor XR 150mg in mid October.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I was 8 or 9 years old when i found out i had pin worms. I had them for a good solid 2 years before i told my mom. I was too emabrrassd, the doc gave me meds i pooped them all out along with a lot of blood, im now 23 and and for the last 2 months i feel as if i have them again, but i dont see them in my poop. I feel somthing moving in there, somtimes itchy at times, im clean a always shower, and now just recently i just saw white round things in my poop, they are like jelly bean size. Im sooo scared to see a doc, cuz i dont want them thinking im not clean. But dont only kids get pin worms? And if this doesnt sound like pin worms, could it be somthing bigger. Im really freaked out! To add, no im not on any sort of medications...nothing at all!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Me too, last night- and hence today googling the web for info and came across this post- not many but they are the size of black mustard seeds (only they are white).
I assumed they were eggs of some parasite. I asked the chemist/pharmacist and he said no

I have had IBS for years now
Also excessive flatulence and burping
Early on I had a colonoscopy which discovered a cancer which was removed successfully. However my symptoms did not go away. My doctor and gastroenterologist have given up on me.

When I lie down to sleep i get a lot of burping. I lie on one side until the burping stops- sometimes with an unpleasant gastric refulx.
I then roll on the other side and repeat the process. I then sit up have a few massive burps and then can go to sleep.
This can take 30 minutes or more and sometimes wakes me up and distresses me so much I can't go to sleep.

I did find this site on the web - stool symptoms
But the link on white dots in stools has disappeared. I think you have to 'join up'. I am looking at that now
I notice they also have symptoms list which included abdominal distension , excessive sweating (and for me excessive thirst.) These I also have.

daphne's picture
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Nice link. Thanks, Anonymous. I sure hope you find relief soon. It bothers me when doctors "give up". A doctor instead should be finding a way to get you a referral on your HMO. Best wishes.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have white round balls in my poop that float in the toilet. I am not on medications. Could this be parasites?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have been seeing white looking small balls in my poop. I have had diarrhea for 5 weeks. Had colonoscopy, cat scan, and they can not find out what's going on with me. I have also been experiencing abdominal pain to the right of my belly button and going down toward the appendix and around to the right side of my back. Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Like black ball with a tail in your poop could be helicobacter.. a parasite

Anonymous MM's picture

I've had internal (and painful) hemorrhoids for over a year, and have had a "sensitive" digestive system (diarrhea) since I was like 12. I finally went to the doctor and got a colonoscopy (at 23!) and he said i did have some hemmroids and then didn't do anything about it!
I've tried to read things online but is there anything that REALLY gets rid of it?? It hurts and it ridiculous that I can't go to the bathroom without it hurting. It seems my body switched from D to constipation. ugh.
Oh yea, and I have white flecks in my stool too. I notice it when its harder, thicker.
I got everything!

Me too!!'s picture

" few moths ago I got the flu and so did my mom. The entire time my mom had the flu she had diarrhea but I got it only on the last day I showed any symptoms of the flu. I have had diarrhea since then and now I'm getting hemorrhoids all the time.
I noticed the blood and my stool started to smell weird. Then I saw little white things in my stool; they don't move but sometimes at night I start to itch(making me paranoid that I worms), so I'm not sure if it's worms.
Then one time I ate a bun with sesame seeds and had more of the little white things, one was on the paper so I cleand it off and watched it for awhile to see if it would move but it didn't, so I took the paper and squeezed it; it popped and white stuff come out(kinda like a pimple). Was that a seed?
I also have some adominal pain and now I'm seem to be alternating between diarrhea and constipation but mostly diarrhea. I don't take any medications. What would most likely be causing all of this?"

Me too! Minus the flu. I have hemorrhoids diarreha alternating with constipation, don't take ANY medication but birth control shot..and have white my doctor said 6 months ago i was fine besides a few hemmoroids!!

daphne's picture
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MM, I can't tell you how effective the sentence "I would like a referral for a second opinion" is to your current doctor to get to the bottom of what's really wrong with you.

It sounds like you've got nothing to lose.
.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Anonymous Coward's picture

i am only 12. And i think i had little white things in my poo my whole life. i asked my mum day ago, and she said there an animal which is made from germs or something and there not
good so i should go to the jp a sooon as possible . so if anyone is going throught the same then go too a doctor or something cause there mdicine which kills them.And also if any one knows the name of this then please tell me ! i hope what i wrote helps and who ever made this website thanks!!!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I DO NOT take Effexor or medications. I am on a parasite cleanse by The Life Tree called Purify. I have white seeds in my stool since I have been on it, and more pooh aliens as well.

Effexor is obviously a medication that kills parasites. That is why you are seeing them.

Remember, death begins in the colon, so keep your colon clean. Don't eat JUNK! It will clog your colon, and worms can hide behind the clogged poop there.

disterbing fact's picture

how do you get a wall to turn bloody a taco and take a crap on it

annabelle's picture

i have been on effexor 225 as a well about 1 month now. today in my poop, i found 6 tablets all full of the drug! my severe depression has improved but why is this happening???? i am in a quandry! the rx peeps have never heard of such a thing!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I found white unmoving little balls and curled up worm like things in my faeces too, and was going to go to the doctor first thing in the morning. After panicking for an hour and looked more into them and think back on what I've been eating, at first I thought mushrooms, but then found out they're the inside of undigested tomato seeds! the inside of tomato seeds look pure white and the roots(?) curled up like white little balls.

Parapixel The Coward's picture

LOL I have constipations for years..About two years ago i had blood in my stool, i have seen a doc about one hour later,and he stucked his finger in my butt, lol man, that was nasty, he didnt find anything and he told me that if i have blood in my stool once more i must go to coloproctologyst.I didnt had blood in my stool after some time, but i found that when i poo, like someting is scratching me from the inside, after some time, i had a feeling that i poo ice or feferoni,lol..After that my poo wasnt from one part, it was fragmented, and was stinking like hell..Sometimes i have diarhea.Abot 8 months ago i noticed those white nasty dots(like sesame seed, but little smaller).Every day i have headaches and i dizzyness.I'll go to doc these days and i will post comment about what he told me and what therapy he gave me. Happy pooping friends :-)

(Sorry for my bad English, I'm From Serbia)

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've noticed these little white spheres in my poop of and on for the last 3 months. I've been taking Acai Berry for cleansing. The spheres are about the size of a period on a sheet of paper. My medical deductable is so high that unless I feel really bad it's not worth $$$$ to satisfy the Dr's curiosity.

Anonymous Coward's picture

hey, i just got back from Italy and Greece and like four days later im pooping out all these chunks of white stuff around my crap
hope its not worms :/

ChiefThunderbutt's picture
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Dear AC.......You probably just ate to much pasta.

Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

If I had two faces do you think I'd be wearing this one?

El Scumbag's picture
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Hmmm... just come back from Greece and Italy? It's probably semen.

Duece's picture

Two good ones:

I'm in training and the reserved classrooms are at a local psych hospital. Every day at the first break there is a turd incident in the shitter next to the class.

Day one, a lone loaf just laying in the middle of the floor near the sinks. It was the size of a 20oz soda.

Day two, some unfortunate did a "shotgun spatter" of the far stall and completely coated it wall to wall. It was like filthy camouflage.

The janitor doesn't get paid enough for that.

i<3poo's picture

i have this too and i'm not on medication! they dont move and look like sesame seeds! ive had them for AGES.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I just started taking amoxicillin and im pretty sure the white clumps started coming in right after i started taking it. It is not a capsule pill, but a HUGE while chalky pill so im sure that this is the culprit.

P P Wimpkins's picture

Just recently, I noticed the LWB's. I have been producing some extremely loose stool as of late. I have been taking different releases and doses of Wellbutrin for over 16 years. I'd like to propose the idea that you must have both (loose stool and Wellbutrin XL) going on in order to see the LWB's. Anyone else agree? Any one seem to have a different trend? Thanks!

Anonymous Coward too's picture

I can't believe I read the whole thing... this thread has been up for two years and no one knows what the LWB's are. Sure the ones taking meds have answers but my dog doesn't take drugs and he is sick. I have been having similar symptoms and wonder if he infected me with something.

Hope I find some answers soon. I know its going to be costly whatever it is.

Anonymous Coward #3's picture

Im a male but OMG ive had a stomach virius and have been going through every kind of poop there is cause. I have a stomach virius you name it yellow green. I drank an ocean water from sonic my poop turned black, but it wasnt blood cause it had blue coming off it. It was an ocean water, and worse mucus and from straing which. I know is not good just a little unoticable blood you cant barely see it and now I have white stain in my poop good news its back to brown. But Ive had a capsule thing too fight infections so its either that or the steroid injection. I had in my thigh around my but which also made me constapated but. I still pooped. I thought I was gonna die but Im ok!

JC's picture

Ok I have been examining my poop for awhile now since I have IBS. When I disovered the LWB's in my poop several months ago and told my doc's my finding on this site, let's just say my pych meds (effexor xr being one of them) were increased LOL.

Anyways I was determined to prove my case that I was not crazy about these LWB's so I put on my research hat. For all of you who are taking capsules, especially Effexor XR here is a site that explains that the balls (spheroids) release the med slowly and the insoluble portion is eliminated and may be seen in the stools.

For those needing proof visit section 5.2 last sentence. I knew we all couldn't be going crazy! Sad part about this is no doc I came across knew about this...kinda scary don't ya think!

Happy Pooping!

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