How to Make Yourself Poop
If you’ve ever been constipated, you know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can be when you need to have a bowel movement but are unable to “poop.” Fortunately, there are actions you can take to get relief.
Be aware that while occasional constipation is normal, frequent constipation can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Contact your doctor if you have concerns about the frequency or severity of your constipation.
Below are tips on how to poop when constipated. Some can be effective in hours, whereas others take days to work. So, whether you need to know how to poop fast or can be a little more patient, this information is helpful.
Regarding drinks that make you poop immediately; coffee is probably the first that comes to mind. You should drink it warm (rather than iced coffee, for example) to maximize the benefit. Of course, coffee contains caffeine, so you should drink it in moderation.
Squat when you poop
Setting the soles of your feet on a small footstool in front of the toilet essentially puts you into a squatting position. That position is more effective for pooping.
Use a fiber supplement
You can find fiber supplements in stores or online. They typically contain types of fiber like psyllium, calcium polycarbophil, or methylcellulose. Fiber adds volume to your stool, making it easier for your body to move it through your digestive tract and out of your body.
Take a stimulant laxative
There are different types of laxatives. This form makes your intestines contract, which forces contents further down your digestive tract. That action can take 6 to 12 hours to make you poop. Doctors advise patients to use stimulant laxatives only when other treatments haven’t worked.
Take an osmotic laxative
These laxatives help move fluids through the colon, which can relieve constipation. They’re effective for many people but generally take 2 to 3 days to work.
Take a lubricant laxative
Substances like mineral oil coat the intestinal walls and your stool mass. This helps your stools retain water, making it easier to pass them.
Try a stool softener
Stool softeners pull water from the intestines into your stool. Again, your body can move stools more easily if they are soft and bulky.
Use a suppository
Available without a prescription in the pharmacy, suppositories soften stools and help you pass them. You insert a suppository into your rectum.
Massage your colon
Gentle colonic massage can assist your body in moving stools through the colon. You can find videos of this technique online.
Exercising increases blood flow to your abdomen, stimulating your digestive tract and encouraging the movement of stools.
Give yourself an enema
Enemas, which you can find in the pharmacy, introduce fluid into your rectum, softening your stool and helping you poop.
Eat a high-fiber diet
Eating high-fiber foods can assist in resolving a current bout of constipation and reduce the likelihood of future episodes. High-fiber foods include oats, brown rice, beans, whole grain bread and pasta, fibrous fruits like bananas and apples, nuts, and fibrous vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and leafy greens.
As noted in several of the treatment options above, your body can move soft stools with adequate water content more effectively. Staying hydrated by drinking approximately eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily can help prevent constipation. And if you’re currently constipated, drinking a large glass of water can encourage a bowel movement.
Use natural remedies
Some people poop more frequently and easily when taking natural remedies like probiotics. They’re generally safe but aren’t advised for some people, such as those who are immunocompromised. Contact your doctor if you have questions about whether natural remedies are right for you.
Talk with Your Baptist Health Primary Care Physician About Constipation
If you experience regular constipation, you should talk with your primary care doctor. They can help you determine what’s causing it and advise you on how to make pooping simpler and less stressful.
If you don’t yet have a Baptist Health doctor, you can find one using our online provider directory.