my butt is leaky

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Alex asks:

Anal leakage. OK, I wipe my ass VERY well -- I mean VERY well -- and without farting, or much activity, I'll go back to the bathroom a few hours later because something feels a little wrong and I wipe my ass and it looks like I didn't wipe it the last time I shat. It's not liquidy or anything, it just looks like I didnt wipe very well. I don't eat any Wow chips, I don't drink, I've never had anal sex... I don't know why this happens. Anyone else have this problem? Is sweat like getting up in my ass and kinda loosening things up or something? Thanks for the help.

Dear Alex,

If you don't eat Wow! chips, don't drink, and don't have anal, exactly what the hell do you do for fun? That's the bigger question here...

Sigh. Seriously, it is probably just mucus or something. I wouldn't worry about it. If you absolutely feel like you have to have a solution, either:

  1. Go see a doctor.
  2. Try Tampax. The string can be discreetly stuffed up your butt to hide it. No one has to know you are troubled by anal leakage.

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.

Got a question for her?

1653 Comments on "my butt is leaky"

Steve's picture
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Wow, I like many others here can't believe I found this site. I've had this anal leakage for years - some periods worse then others. Sometimes I do suffer from piles as well and I've also suffered serious infection which needed antibiotics to treat. I eat a diet which is basically macrobiotic and I'm at the gym at least three times a week. I'm 54 and I just wish the itching would stop - itching and burning because I believe whatever that is causes infection if not immediately attended to. I thought I had plenty of fiber but perhaps I need even more so I'll try that and check back here to see if anyone has anymore insight.

Dan's picture
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No leakage.
Just sweat.
And lots of it. I have to move my pants around when i sit down so i don't sweat in the same spot for too long, otherwise it will be visible, which happens sometimes anyways. I've looked up hyperhidrosis, and it only talks about palms, pits, and face. I don't have a sweaty face or pits, my hand are a bit sweaty, but it's not a problem, so I don't think it is hyperhidrosis. I can't find anything that talks about bum-sweat. It doesn't smell bad or have any colour, it's just sweat, I think. I have irritable bowel and was seeing doctors when it started because I didn't know what was going on. As you all say, fibre was the answer to that. My bowel seems fine now, but I still sweat. I asked my IB doc about it and he kinda shrugged it off. I've also asked my GP. No doctors have taken me seriously. This is not a normal amout of sweat and it's become a bit of a social issue for me. I'm in second year university. I don't know how old many of you are but I'm sure you know that this is a terrible time for this problem, as I'm not always the only one that wants to take my clothes off. I have to avoid situations where others would see or feel that my boxers are sweaty. It's a bummer.

I crack myself up.

Anyone think they can help?


X's picture

wow, i'm shocked this site even exists...even more so that i am writing anything. I'd classify myself as a butt-sweat person; had it for years, no idea whats up. My solutions so far: wear jens not khaki, tall shirts (covers ass) (dont sit on shirt), lose the butt hair. Needless to say i want a permanant solution, so do me a favor keep posting stuff

....much respect

anonymous coward's picture

im glad im not alone but i need a redmy and i hate going to the doc plzzz send help i poo in the morning and have gym 2nd period plzz send help9redemy0 ill be checking back later

Aza's picture

Mine isn't really poop that leaks but it is more of a water as i know it is going to happen becuase i sweat alot over the rest of my body then i know it is going to leave a mark

Any advice?

running in more ways than one's picture

Today I drove to a place to go running. I had a good run. I had a white towel with me to put on the car seat to help soak up all my sweat. When I got back to the hotel, I checked the towel, and -- STREAK! Through my underwear and my mesh shorts. I had hit anal leakage rock bottom. Today I finally googled, and found this site, like a beacon in the night. Thank you, poop report, and all you other posters. My guess is that my situation is caused by poor diet -- too much fat and not enough fiber. So I will try the change, and let you know.

X's picture

to quote The Doc:
"It goes without saying that weed is clearly going to screw your body up so dont do it people."

First off, what do you base this on?
And, what is it specifically going to screw up?
And, why did you single that out above alcohol/tobacco/other narcotics?
Finally, please if you make any statements on this, do it right and cite your sources...

....much respect

Aza's picture

P.S i mean a mark on my chair which will fade eventuly

dudi's picture

Drank 4 pints of water today two pieces of fruit and wholemeal bread and rice an peas. Must say i have noticed a little difference.

John Doe's picture

Yip... Have had this for several years now. I wipe until nothing is there.I MEAN NOTHING! This can be up to 20 times and about an hour later i have to run to the toilet and do it all again. Know what the Doc is talking about in the respect of the damage mentally that it can cause to a person over a long peiod of time. I have gone from somebody who was very confident and outgoing to somebody who would rather not meet new people or go out.The basic fear is that people can smell you and i think that sometimes they can.However i'm sure that this isn't the case all of the time . It can make you very paranoid especially when in close spaces and the worst thing about it is you know that you wash. properly and wipe properly. The most sensible thing i have heard about this condition is that it could be a lack of fibre, so am going to increase this, as much as i can and maybe post the results if i notice a difference. Let the poo wars begin!!!

John Doe's picture

PS Glad i found this website

Aza's picture

I say try going for a bath in the morning before you go to work and make sure it is clean up there
And go to the loo before
That helps a little bit

John Doe's picture

well it's normally a nuclear contamination shower before work especially round that area. One of my good friends i told about this thought i had a obssesive compulsive disorder because of my washing habits. Will try the bath instead of shower but for most of the people on this website i'm sure it's not a washinhg issue. If only eh!! Will try the bath thing though, but i'm sure more fibre is the way forward. Your right about getting the sh** out before work, it does help.

PS If you can tell a good friend that won't tell anyone else it will be a huge weight off your shoulders.

Aza's picture

Personally i think alot of it is to do with your diet i think i need to start to change my diet i will inform you guys when and what i change if i find a solution i will post.
Hope this helps

Buz's picture

Try to poo before you shower in the morning, then use a wet wash cloth in the shower with lots of soap on it, you will avoid having this problem. After using the wash cloth in the shower, turn around and bend over and let the water from the shower hit you butt. Try not to use a white wash cloth though.

Aza's picture

Ok guys today i start the first stage of my diet i currently weigh 163.5 pounds height 5'0" i am aiming for 154 by july so hopefully i will reach it
I will keep you all informed if i notice any difference and i will be eating high fibre foods aswell

good god's picture

This JUST started happening to me recently, I am a guy, I have a girl, I keep well shaven, all the way back to.. well... where everyone seems to be leaking from... so I KNOW its not mucus hanging from butt hair, there is no butt hair... Anyway, I haven't soiled myself, it doesn't smell bad (I haven't tasted it like one gentleman said he had), but it does feel horrible. I haven't left any wet spots on any seats yet, but the problem has just started... I'm gonna get on metamucil or start eating my wheaties RIGHT now... Who knew you should eat your wheaties to avoid anal leakage, right? Oh yeah, and I drink too much, and this gives me a REALLY good excuse to stop. My girl doesn't know about all this so far, I'm a mericle worker *shower foreplay does get old even after a week* But I had to fix this problem fast, I hope you all increase your fibre, too, and we all pull out of this crappy downward spiral, or... drip, as it may be. Anyway, keep your seats dry, you guys. Later

Aza's picture

It all seams to be all connected to fibre?

John Harrold's picture

I would like to wear an ass cam so that I can actually see what is going on.

This will not make me feel any cleaner...but at least I will find out if my hygiene habits are reasonable.

mr. drip's picture

does anyone have any success stories of beating this nasty condition?

not telling's picture

sorry guys i dont have any of your problems ..but i do from the other end i dribble wee if i laugh or carry something heavy ...but can some one tell me ...what are wow chips ive never heard of them

leaha's picture

i think, yall are just full of shit.

Yuk's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

so glad to find that others have the same problem....though mine is just small......usually just a clearish or yellowish leak although sometimes a skidmark!..feels weird as you can feel its slippery down there......and of course always worry about the smell. Even worried about my girlfriend going down on me in case she gets a whiff. is diet the way to go......ive had this problem for about 18mths.....hasnt got any better or worse.......though some days its much worse than others.

the_man's picture

this is one awesome site

IDEAS MAN's picture

here is a great a bad case of the runs...........grab a decent handful of toilet paper and throw it into the bowl before you saves the backsplatter really well........cushions the spatter.........stay tuned for more tips!!!!!!!

Aza's picture

What does that have to do with water leakage?
aka Sweat

Joe's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

same issue - and it sucks! just started happening to me within the last 2 years - about to turn 40 this year - just falling apart?? too many miles? anyway - I do find that coffee in the am and crap before shower helps a ton - usually ok for most of the day - unless there is a pm bm - then it is to the restroom 2 more times.. I am seriously considering a colinoscopy - I initially thought that this was the first sign of cancer -

Scott's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Wow, I didn't realize so many other people have this condition too. My problem is the ah, shall we say, less preferable variety of this affliction. It just started happening about 6 months ago. I eat pretty good, don't drink, but I do drink what causes this...crap!? I did change restaurants where I eat lunch at about the same time this started. It is a good restaurant though - most everything is healthy and home made, but I wonder if they use that "Olean" stuff and don't tell anybody? Probably not, but maybe I will switch restaurants for a while.

The only suggestion I have that I did not see here is giving yourself an enema. This might be too time consuming to do before work every day. I usually only do them on the weekends. Once everything is flushed out, I am clean and dry for the rest of the day. I just use plain water, although there are web sites for all kinds of exotic/weird enema's. I'm not that into them - I just want to be clean and get on with my day. Only caution I would give is that there is sometimes some water leakage a short time after the enema, so after doing it wait around for 15 minutes or so before getting dressed. Best thing would be to shower after, that should be enough time for everything to finish. Another suggestion would be that one enema is not enough - keep doing it until the result is the same as what you put in. Once you have throughly flushed yourself, you will be amazed at how CLEAN you feel and you will stay that way until the next BM.

Thanks to whoever discovered the possible fiber solution - I am going to try that myself.

In regards to the poster inquiring about "Wow" chips - these are potato chips cooked with "Olean" - a synthetic fat not absorbed by the body (hence fat free), but known to cause anal leakage.

Anal Leakage Anonymous - if the name wasn't so socially stigmatic, we could start our own support groups and have meetings!

Aza's picture

Does anyone just get Sweat?
Just water left on the plastic chair

whataboutbob's picture

Dear fellow leaky butt owners.
I also suffered from this problem and it drove me crazy. I rarely have this problem now. Heres what I have learned from my experience.
Coffee is a problem , too much and I get a leaky itchy butt. Beer is a problem , almost as bad as coffee.
Overagressive wiping and using soap and washcloths irritated the problem .
Try a softer toilet paper I changed to charmin.
Sitting in a warm bath of epsom salts with butt cheeks open soothes the area and relieves the itchy raw unclean feeling.
I also dropped some weight and do some abdominal exersizes (thought it might tighted the butt muscles a bit).
Dont really know if it helps you butt it worked for me.

John's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Be careful with Metamucil. A better choice is Psyllium husks from your local health food store. This way you avoid the laxatives in Metamucil that can become habit forming and get just 100% fiber. Psyllium is fairly easy to take in a glass of orange or apple juice but does not dissolve as nicely like Metamucil.

dung's picture

I've had this alarmingly frustrating problem for about 9 months. Sometiems can't even sit down for a minute.I notticed on my last vacation to the beach that a 10-15 min dip in sea water in the morning lead to a irritation free day (provided I made no more BMs. Also, try preperation H wipes with aloe. have helped with my hygene on the go. Fiber provided almost not help. Web MD lists several conditions that may cause this but my docs seem to be inept at helping me with it.

Ken's picture

I've suffered from leaky butt for over three years. I've pretty much tried everything that everyone

poop's picture

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out there with this problem. I even talked to my doctor about it and he suggested kegel exercises - my wife laughed at that one! They didn't really help me but they may help someone. Since I was overweight and had a very poor diet, I began to experiment with food. Fiber is the way to go! I eat a bowl of oatmeal (old fashion style oats - not the instant stuff) with about two tablespoons of fresh ground flax seed and some maple syrup. (I grind the flax seed myself in my coffee grinder.) I also eat more fruit (I was eating none) and have a salad every day. I've cut down on the caffeine and try to exercise every day. The anal leakage has stopped, I've lost weight (over 40 pounds and still losing) and I feel 100 times better. I no longer have to stuff a wad of TP in my crack or worry about the itch! It took a while for all this to take effect. But as my doctor pointed out, it took a while for me to gain weight and develop P.A.D. I think it took 2-3 weeks for the anal leakage to stop. The weight has been coming off for about three months now. Good luck!

assmaster's picture

Anyone ever heard of Kegels for strengthening the anus? Don't know if it works or not...

canttellu's picture

im scared cuz i dont think ive read anyones and they said blood came out
cuz im had poop and blood come out
idk whats gonna happen but im scared

some totalfarker's picture

this happens to me. the only way to truly be clean is to take a shower after shitting and scooping deep with my finger and soap. its like after i poop theres still some towards the edge and as time goes by it comes out. taking a shower and scooping gets rid of the stuff at the tip and ill be clean until i poo again.

this started happening after that time i refused to poop for over a month back when i was like 12.

i think i must have damaged something up there

bob's picture

I'm working on a product that is basically a device that you insert up your ass, then press a button on the lower shaft the activates a round chimney sweep type broom that slowly expands. Then you slowly pull this thing out your ass, thereby removing any leftover poop out with it. I think this may be the only solotion to stopping post-shit shit, or digging in the shower.

John's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

This is a new problem for me and I am really freaked out. My last occurence happened on a cross countr flight on United airlines. I thought I just farted right after lift off but After discreetly checking I realized I had a small chili fest down stairs. Ciuld this have happened at the worst time or what? I imediately went to see the Dr and he said to cut back on fatty foods and we are currently checking for galllbladder disfuntion.

Brandon's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Hey everyone

I, like others here am glad to finally read that others have this problem. This is one of many other problems (constipation, blood on stools, itchiness) that I have and have been too embarrased to seek attention for.

I go once about every 3 days and try and make sure I do it at home, alone, because it takes ages, hurts and REALLY stinks the place out. I also usually need to flush twice as the stool itself is difficult to flush, and I also use so much T.P. that I can pretty much fill the bowl again. I then have to return 20 minutes later and re-wipe, and by then my ass is normally so shitty that it is as if I never wiped in the first place.

I am 25, a little overweight and pretty much live on junk food. My stomach is always making loud squishy noises (like the noises other people make when they get hungry). I have had these problems for years now. I will be trying to increase the fibre in my diet and the quality of food I eat (more fruit and veges) and I hope to become more... regular.

MontyMan's picture

I'm 32 years old, and have I've had a leaky butt problem for about 12 months. At first I didn't know what it was, and just wondered why I was getting itchy occasionally. As time went on the itching turned to pain, and it hurt to walk. My GP didnt seem to know what to advise, and suggested baby wipes instead of toilet paper and a hair dryer to dry after wiping and after showering.

The wipes and hair dryer helped a bit, but for over a month there was no obvious improvement. My GP gave me some hydrocortisone ointment which I used for 10 days, and during which time I had no problems at all. I thought I was cured, until immediately after I stopped using the cream. My GP then gave me zinc and castor oil for use as a barrier ointment, as just having it there seemed to make it better.

The last attempt at a resolution was to take a diflucan 1 tablet (designed for vaginal thrush) just in case I had anal thrush, as the problem started while I was taking antibiotics. I also used vaginal thrush ointment around the area. This didnt help either.

It was about 3 month ago that I noticed that wiping when I was itchy fixed the problem, and that there was always some "leakage" there. After that I always tried having a movement in the morning and washing in the shower, and I was then good for the rest of the day.

About 10 days ago I found this site and immediately went out and brought some metamucil. I take two teaspoons in water each day, and I haven't had any leakage since. My stools are firmer (I thought more fibre would have had the opposite effect)and each time I have been to the loo, there is hardly anything on the paper when I wipe. I used to have to wipe many times and it was quite sticky. I always had to use the brush too, but not any more.

Thank you everyone! Who would have thought that something as simple as fibre would fix such a troubling problem.

cleanass-  down under's picture

I had anal leakage for a long time as well. I noticed on this site that it could be a direct correlation to what I was eating. I changed my eating habits right away. I try to eat some raw veggies or an apple a day, eat more food out of the refrigerator as theat should lead to more 'live' foods and not as much junk. I take a big tablespoon of psyllium husk twice a day with orange juice ( more fibre) and my but leakage is gone! It was almost immediate. I notice if I stray away from this regime, anal leakage is back. I love this site for being frank and for giving me an insight to an ugly sight!
So all you leaky ass bad eating butt wipers, eat more raw food and fibre and you'll have more time for fun than wiping your bum.

swamp ass's picture

I too have the problem of having to go clean myself about 20 mins. after I poo, but I also have a fissure and piles which add to the problem.

I have done quie a bit of research online about this embarrassing issue and it almost seems as there are seperate issues here. Some people have mucous, some don't. I have the itching until I clean again, but as wahtaboutbob said, you shouldn't obssesively clean because it can actually make it worse. Although some info says you shouldn't use wet wipes as it can create a wet environment which can be a breeding ground for bacteria, I have to use the wipes or I don't feel clean. After the wipes I just dry it with tp. Also soap isn't a good idea but it can be very irritating and also too drying which can lead to overproduction of moisture, I just use mild, fragance-free soap because I just don't feel clean with water alone. As far as fiber is concerned, I eat quite a bit of it but I do eat a lot of dairy (skim milk and cheese), so maybe there is a connection there?

One more thing, if stuffing tp in your crack isn't working, try pantiliners...

girl's picture

I've read through this entire thread and I'm amazed to see that nobody has mentioned this could be a possible side effect from medications. I believe that this is what my deal is. I've been working on getting the right meds for several years because my body seems to be rather sensitive, so when I try a new one, I read the drug info with it rather thoroughly. I've noticed on a couple I've tried 'anal leakage' is listed as a possible side effect. And of course, I have been one of those lucky souls who ends up with that effect.

I think I've been in denial, just figuring... well, I don't know what I was figuring. But I didn't really know what the term anal leakage meant. I mean I could guess, but didn't KNOW. I thought maybe there would be certain symptoms that weren't what was going on with me (and I hate to think I could be one of those people who reads about a condition and believes they have it).

So I finally got up the courage to really research this yucky thing. What you're all describing is what I'm dealing with too. How nice to know that we're not alone! I do know for pretty certain that mine comes from a med I'm taking. Maybe some of you will come to realize that your problem comes from meds too.'

So the big question is, if a medication is causing this, will fiber help it? Or will I have to deal with this no matter what I eat as long as I'm on this med? Maybe some dr types out there have some insight on this.

I'll have to monitor my diet and ass and see if increased fiber keeps it cleaner.

oh... and for all you dating people out there... I just had the most embarrassing realization. I'm sharing it only to let you know that there ARE understanding people out there. Sometimes I have my boyfriend shave me. Yeah down there. I haven't given the state of my ass hardly a thought (unless I'm particularly slimysquirmy feeling and then I simply fix it) before he starts his task. He always lays a warm wet wash cloth over the entire area, letting it sit for a few moments before gently wiping it off. I have remembered noticing the cloth was NOT clean when he pulled it away.... Has he ever said anything about it or refused to shave me or kiss me there after he's done? Never. heh I'm almost wondering now if I should apologize to him for the gross oversight. Though he has said that he's not easily grossed out, I now realize the full extent of what he really means!!

putzman's picture

I have had this problem for 12 yrs and it has not gone away. I have tried EVERYTHING except asking the doctor. It occours to me no matter what I am doing. I can take a shower and 15 minutes later I am sweating and leaking down there and it smels bad. I have tried powders and it smells worse after. I have tried salt sticks and no improvement. It is so embarrassing to go out in public or have my wife go down on me. This has got to be the worst feeling of dirtiness I have ever felt in my life. I finally got up the nerve to go to the doctor today. I will post my findings when I get back.

aging ungracefully's picture

I noticed this at work last year for the first time in my life. I remember noticing a slight poo odor all of a sudden, and I thought it was someone else. I remember thinking, damn, that's gross, someone must have really bad hygiene. After a couple weeks it didn't go away, and I smelled my chair, which was quite stinky. I immediately asked my boss for a new chair, saying that the person before me must have had a problem. Almost a year later the new chair stinks again and now I know it's not someone else. I have also noticed the wetness appearing several minutes after a bowel movement. I will try to increase the fiber in my diet and exercise, since I'm about 25 lbs. overweight. Since I didn't have this problem when I was 25lbs. lighter, I'm attributing it to the extra lbs. Also wake up with a stiff back, which takes about an hour in the morning before I can completely stand up straight.

damn problem is annoyin's picture

yea this problem is a pain in the ass (literally ) and i was wonderin i get wet down there like if its sweat and i go to the restroom and wipe and its like sweat but a lil smelly so i dont think its mucous right? i dont get that crap stain on my underwear but after takin a crap i would wipe clean like all your guys but 30 minutes later i would go to the restroom because i would notice that my asshole still has crap stains! so is this diet problem or a problem which cant be solved? ANYONE with an answer out there please help this crap is annoying and i feel embarrassed to talk to any girls cause i may smell like crap. HHHHHEEEELLLLPPPPPPPp

Kelsey's picture

OMG! im a younger female and i dont have any of these problems metioned above, but for the last half hour ive laughed my ass off! ive heard of some of these but i never thought guys would openly talk about them w/ eachother! i hope all of u get ur ptroblems the mean time thanks so much for the laugh!(not to be mean or anythin)

Ric's picture

I honestly know what the problem is...
When you eat food such as Meat and chicken you intestine secretes large amounts of mucous and after years of doing this with a low fiber diet this is almost inevitable ...if you cut down on the red meat and cut your calorie intake to about 1200- 1500 calories a day
it will stop after about 3 weeks
Vegetarians and True muslims ( they eat ONCE a day thats it)do NOThave this problem
Caffeine regular table sugar and fried foods
also is VERY harsh on the system
this might all sound crazy but trust me this is the truth

John's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I had this same problem myself. It was accompanied by minor bleeding. I went to my general doctor and he did a few tests but didn't find anything. Told me to wait a couple of weeks and see if it went away. It didn't, so I went back.

He did some more tests with his finger and didn't find anything, so he gave me a high powered antibiotic and told me to come back in 2 more weeks if that didn't fix it. It didn't fix it, but it was a tiny bit better, so I went back for further testing.

He then did a sigmoidoscopy which ruled out major things like tumors or polyps, but didn't identify the cause of the drainage or the sporatic bleeding. So, he referred me to a colo-rectal surgeon for more testing. He said he thought I had an 'anal fistula' which would be easily missed without the proper tool for viewing that part of the body.

So, I set up an appointment with the colo-rectal guy and he checked things out and confirmed that it was an anorectal fistula. If you do a search online you can find lots of information about this condition. He says it is pretty normal, and often goes undiagnosed because it may take a specialist to recognize the signs and have the right tool to see the spot where this happens. (the necessary tool is an anoscope)

So, he explained that fixing this does require minor surgery, and we went ahead and scheduled it a few days after that visit. I went in for routine outpatient surgery, then hung out at the house for a few days, and after that things have been pretty much on the mend. It was a bit painful, but I had good pain meds. It was tender for several weeks, but BM's and other things were not a big deal. There was some bleeding for a few more weeks, but that stopped. It has been about 8 weeks since the surgery now and 90% of the discharge has stopped. I had a follow-up visit yesterday and he said it will continue to heal up and in another couple of weeks there should be no more discharge.

I write all of this to let you know that before I went to the doctor I found this forum and had all of the symptoms listed here. I did everything including fiber and dietary changes with no avail. Turns out it was a physical problem that was pretty easily fixed, though difficult to diagnose by my GP. I hope this info may be helpful for you.

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