What Happens If You Stop Pooping?

What Happens If You Stop Pooping?

♪ This episode’s going to get real. So… be prepared for that Let’s start here: Nobody likes to be constipated. Sometimes — because of things like diet
or stress —- you don’t poop for a little while. It happens to me whenever Igo on vacation
and I’m like “Why?! I’m supposed to be having a good time! This is not fun!” Thankfully, it’s usually fixable with coffee
or and a bunch of fiber… have a couple bran muffins! But if that little while turns into a long
time, and you just stop pooping entirely… things can get pretty ugly. Poop is your body’s way of getting rid of
undigested or undigestible food and other wastes that your body produces. After the stuff travels through your small
and large intestine, it ends up at the rectum, which stretches and sends a signal to your
brain, “it’s time to go!” Sometimes, though, things can stop chugging
along as nature intended. That’s where constipation comes in, and
it can be caused by anything from holding it in too long to a lack of exercise. Some diseases can also make your intestines
struggle to propel along poop. Parkinson’s or inflammatory bowel diseases,
for example, can prevent the muscles and nerves in the colon from working properly, so it
can’t pass along feces or gas. In severe cases, that can cause a megacolon,
and that’s the actual name for this thing. It’s an abnormally large or swollen colon
— which can create a fecal backup. Regardless of what causes it, though, nothing
good happens when your poop gets stuck in your body. When it hangs out in the colon, more and more
water is sucked out of it. That makes it harder — which, in turn, makes
it more difficult for your body to push out. And when you do try, you have to push harder. That strain can cause hemorrhoids, which are
inflamed veins in your rectum, or anal fissures, which are small tears in the lining of the
anus. All this sounds so fun! If you don’t go for a long, long, long time,
your poop gets too hard and dry, it can also cause something called a fecal impaction: a hardened mass of stool that can’t move at all. Those masses can cause nausea and ulcers,
and press on the bladder, causing urinary incontinence. They can even cause the colon to perforate
or rupture which is life-threateningly dangerous and requirings surgery. And in really, really, really rare cases,
things can get… oh goodness. A severe fecal impaction can actually make
intestines contract in reverse. In an effort to get things moving, they’ll
contract and relax — which, unfortunately, can send their contents in the wrong direction. They’re just tying to save your life! Liquid from the small intestine backs up into
the stomach, and causes the unfortunately named condition: fecal vomiting. It’s not quite as nasty as it sounds — like,
it’s not fully formed stools or anything — but also definitely not pleasant! Thankfully, fecal impactions can be broken
up with laxatives, or can be broken up manually by a doctor. If someone is chronically constipated, or
develop fecal impactions, their intestinal muscles might also weaken over time, making
it more difficult to regulate the pooping process on their own. So make sure to eat plenty of fiber, don’t
hold it for too long, and if you’re not pooping regularly, go talk to a doctor, because
the alternatives…. NO! Thanks for asking, and thanks to our patrons
on Patreon who keep answers like this coming! Cause look… sponsors aren’t going to sponsor
content like this! If you want to join us for a monthly Google
Hangout, or just support the show, you can go to patreon.com/scishow. ♪

100 thoughts on “What Happens If You Stop Pooping?

  1. Allow me to give a hypothesis.
    Our body will try to get a new method of getting rid of body waste perhaps by
    1. Poop will come from our mouth
    2. Our pee will contain granules of poop due to the body trying to find a way to get rid of body waste
    3. We will sweat poop granules

  2. Exercising is also recommended, mainly walking. The pain in such cases feels like someone's trying tae strangle yer colon, real nasty. Nothin' like a healthy dump.

  3. Happens to me on ocassion. Don't let it go more then three days. Coffee doesn't do that to me. The vaca thing happens from being out of routine.

  4. you said that a doctor would break it up, but 9 times out of 10, for non-surgical break-ups, it's a nurse that'll do the breaking up of fecial impactions sometimes with the help of a cna

  5. I stress eat and normally poop once or twice a week but now my eating is getting worse and now my stomach feels full and I tried to go but couldnโ€™t

  6. Hey, if I was a sponsor I'd definitely sponsor this. Especially if I was selling laxatives or products high in fiber, haha.

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  8. human are amazing..food goes in between two cheeks an later comes out between two cheeks. here I thought it was a one way tunnel

  9. The pressure it causes against your bladder and stomach is also soooo terrible, and that pressure can also cause extra acid reflux. I have a bowel disease and Iโ€™ve been there. Worst pain I had in my life, I kinda wanted to die. Thankfully I now know a lot of methods to prevent it from going as bad as it was, and probiotics REALLY help too. I suggest yโ€™all start taking some acidophilus to help your bowels out a bit.

  10. Help me…๐Ÿ˜ฉ I can't poop๐Ÿ˜ฉ can you make a video how to Fix this…๐Ÿ˜ฉ I don't wanna die๐Ÿ˜ฉ Please somebody help me…. i don't wanna die…๐Ÿ˜ฉ Help me…๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  11. So when I went to a detox facility coming off opiates. This happened to me, all of it and itโ€™s as bad as it sounds. Thankfully it was a medical detox so there was always a doctor on staff. But yeah. Bad times lol. I laughed so hard watching.

  12. Gonna name my new band "fecal vomiting". Ye yep….were gonna be the next big thing. You will see….remember that name.

  13. My grandfather had a horrible fecal vomiting because of colon cancer and the chemotherapy used to treat it after they resected about 80% his intestines. After a little less than a year of that, he told the doctors to shove off and basically went home to die.

  14. ive had fecal vomiting twice. i now have a serious irrational fear (i think it's hella rational but whatever) of vomiting, and every time i need to genuinely vomit, i send myself into a panic attack. which triggers more vomiting. you can imagine how that goes.

  15. an ex's mom doesnt poop for 12 days at a time. that 13th day – that's pooping day, and that day is one we all used to dread. i'm not even kidding

  16. Don't eat a whole box of shredded wheat when you have the munchies. That was a week long scare for me. Lots of water, some magnesium, and core movement eventually got things going but not before my lower spine got pushed on by the mass for two days.

  17. My mother in laws uncle didn't poop for over a month and finally went to the hospital where they found out he was ate up with colon cancer. He died within 2 weeks. He had started to have bile come up his throat. It was horrible. I never heard of anything like that until it happened to him.

  18. Wait…. So you're telling me that I don't have to poop everyday? I've been pooping every morning for as long as I can remember, sometimes I force myself because I'm so used to it, and now you're telling me that it's unnecessary? My life is a lie.

  19. So I have a personal pooping issue I would like to ask all of YouTube about.

    Sometimes, when I haven't done a #2 in a while, I will feel pressure in my abdomen, but no urge to pee or poo. If I try to pee, sitting or standing, I am unable to. If I sit down and take care of my #2 first, after ejection, then the urge to urinate descends and I pee freely. Like, immediately after the first stool goes out.

    What I would imagine is happening if I were a household plumbing system, is that somehow part of my rectum is in the "wrong place" inside, and when it's full it presses on the exit tube from my bladder, not letting me urinate when I try and somehow preventing the urge to go as well. However, I am not an actual plumbing system, so.. is that even possible? I don't really know where all the things are down there.

  20. I seriously don't go for MONTHS. I swear to God 1 time I didn't go for nine months. When I finally went I wanted to go to the hospital. This video just scared me to death.

  21. I actually was in the hospital yesterday and they filled my ass up with oil to make sure the poop came out

  22. nothing works! I eat tons of fiber and it dosn't work I have not been in the loo for 3 days now! dont feel like i need it but where all this food gone then? I try not to eat fiber – doesn't work! what can i do please i need to fix it! HELP!

  23. When I was about 13 I really didn't like to poop. It felt like its a waste of time to me, so I stopped.
    Pretty soon my parents noticed that I was staining literally all my underwear brown, they got me Laxative prescription took it for about 6 months, nothing really changed.
    Had to take some stronger stuff in addition to that anally. Some weeks later the mother of all poops came out.
    Imagine pooping out an american football… Yeah FUN, as in I felt like I was popping a vein in my head.
    Moral of the story? Don't stop pooping for any reason.

  24. Iโ€™m on a holiday staying at other peopleโ€™s places havenโ€™t pooped in 7 days…. I have bad anxiety when it comes to pooping at other peopleโ€™s places……… help

  25. It's happened to me.
    Your mostly unaware of it, you'll be throwing up so much anyway and in sever pain. Like worse than birthing a child type of pain.
    Others around you will notice the smell.
    I have had bowel strictures resulting in my belly zipper from a resection.

  26. 3-9: poopoo pee funy hehe
    10-13: I'm mature now, poop jokes are immature

  27. I holded my poop so i told my parents and they are going to tell a doctor so thanks for your help:(

  28. I have Crohn's disease and before it was diagnosed i got down to 82 pounds and stopped pooping for about 12 days. In desperation,unable to tolerate the INTENSE pain and unable to eat or drink more than a few sips, I finally went to a different, much better hospital. Within half an hour in the er, they told me my intestine wad literally disintegrating and I'd need surgery quickly. They removed part of my large intestine and had no choice but to form a colostomy, which I'll have all my life. They diagnosed me with Crohn's and I've been on meds for it ever since.
    The moral, i guess is always pay attention to your pooping habits. If you have recurring pain, diarrhea or constipation, don't ignore it. It's vitally important to catch these things early.
    Anyway, thank you for reading this and everyone take care!

  29. Normally my Amin source of fiber is gold fish yes the chip thing and itโ€™s been a few months since I had any and I was super constipated

  30. Sorry! Uhm, small question, I only fart and not poo, does that mean I have constipation? I have done some sexual things with my anus and I haven't gone to the bathroom to poop for 3 days. What can I do???

  31. What about things even worse if a person stops pooping: Bowel Perforation, Cardiovascular Risks and other bad things.

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