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"

Jeff B's picture
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I have anal leakage to and I have had it for about five years, which is also acompanyed by severe gas abdominal pain ichyness, stomach pain and nausea but not also aways all at once and not necessarily every day and as for the the leakage its not like i shit myself its more like a yellowy watery disharge and it smells horrid like dead fish. I have had these problems for a long time and i quit smoking drinking eating junk food of any kind i excersice and play sports and have been doing so for 5 years or more. I tryed eliminating dairy or spicy or alcohol or sugars and fats, I've tried increasing my fiber. I ve been to the doctor complaining of this shit for a long time and he always gives me the same bullshit advise usually that i have ibs or chrohns or a fissure or hemmorroids or or a stmomach ulcer or that im clinically depressed, alll of which i think is bullshit because all of these conditions should improve by regulating the things i metioned before. Another reason I've been speculating over why one day i just mysteriousy started leaking from my ass, could be that I experimented with illicit steet drugs like coke speed pot acid and shrooms because they all have the unsucpecting abitity to turn your brain and central nervous system into a fucking rats nest. and we should all know the every life function in every cell of every tissue in your entire body is regulated in some way. I actually read alot about this and 98% of the deoxyribonucleic acid (blue prints for creation of a human being)are contained within your central nervous system .street drugs,or alcohol along with pollution and viruses and biologicall insults occuring within cells during chemical reactions in cell division and functioning, thoughout all the bodies tissues are effected my your lifestyle surrundings and sociciall interactions. All of these things i have considered might be helping to rectify or worsen my situation, but still the fact remains the i dont quite feel as good as i once did, I and dont think Ive met a doctor who has the time patience or intelligence to quite understand compelexity of my problems because my life has been a freaking science experment in the past and theres no help for me.

The Doc's picture

Check out my original comments on the first page of this thread for some help guys and gals. Minor problems seem to benefit greatly from a diet change and increased fibre intake. Also check out 'THE ANSWER' on the first page of the thread. At least give it a try for a couple of weeks. It could change your life and eating well never does any harm either too!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Man my ass hurts really bad, like darth vader burning in the fires of mustafar bad!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I, too, have anal leakage. A couple times I've noticed pellets of poo but it's mainly just mucus which fortunately doesn't smell too badly. My girlfriend at the time swore that she never noticed it at all but then again we usually had 'relations' after I'd gotten out of the shower. As far as getting a 'new' girlfriend? This..uh..shit really worries me.
According to my colorectcal doctor, I do have an internal hemorrhoidal 'flap' that might be causing this or I just may have caused it myself by straining 'til the point of pain last year (yes, I am a complete idiot). Either way, whether or not the anal sphincter is damaged (not that they can do much for this) or whether or not the leakage is due to the 'roid (hemorrhoidectomy is supposed be terrfyingly painful and carries a risk of---incontinence!) I'm pretty much screwed. I've already changed my diet, eat a lot of fiber and fruit and am in shape and not overweight. D

It doesn't look too good for the future. MY future, that is.

Logjam's picture
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Hey D, don't give up on your self, buddy. First, if it is finding/staying in a relationship that is your primary concern, it sounds like you can pretty much keep this problem under cover until you know the person well. And this doesn't sound like something that would be a show stopper for someone who cared for you. Also, see some other doctors/specialists. Many doctors are idiots, and it often takes time and determination to find one who knows what she/he is talking about and will work with you. Finally, lots of problems just go away by themselves given time.
Hang in there.


Mark Collins a fellow sufferer's picture

Can anyone explain the difference between leakage of liquid feces
and mucus? How can I recognize mucus? I have something (could be either) as I get itchy, damp (I know what fecesfingers means from scratching!) and when whip it is brown and STINKS. PHEW! I have a hemoroid for sure, which could either be opening the spinter when inflamed to let feces leak, or maybe it is secreting mucus. Does smell/stink mean it is liquid feces and not mucus?

I wonder if I can prevent this leakage with fiber or if I have to have the hemoroid painfully banded or removed.... Also, what type of doctor tortures hemorroid patients?

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

Liquid feces are poop colored. Mucus often presents itself in a whitish, sometimes even a bit clear, hue. At least, that's what I've learned from others on this site... :D
If you want to get your hemorrhoids removed, which you really should, go see a proctologist, or get a refferal to a good proctologist from your general practitioner.

Ishy's picture

I think it may have something to do wiht diverticula as well. Feces can get caught up in them and maybe that's what leaks out. That's my theory. Anyway, I'm glad so many people have this problem because I thought I was dirty or something.

toilet muck's picture
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i also suffer from i call "mud butt". usually it occurs when i am in the heat and sweat. perhaps it is from when i didnt wipe too good as a child. maybe sweat triggers dormant unwiped feces to become active. when it happened to me, i couldnt run or even walk sometimes. my advice to all mud butts out there: wipe a lot more than necessary. thats what i did and now i am mud butt free.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hey guys, I read most of these and some of you were wondering if there were any ladies that had this problem.
The first time it happened was in LA. I took a road trip with my friends and when I got out of the car, my dress had a huge brown stain on it and so did my car seat. My first thought was "who put diarrhea on my seat!?" When I realized it was me, it was funny cuz I thought it wouldnt ever happen again, but it has and it does and its annoying.
No clue what to. Probably going to stop drinking coffee cuz i work at starbucks and maybe see a doctor. Good luck all.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I am a 54 year old American, Male, about 5'7" in height and weigh around 215 lb.s (which is over waeight by 50 lbs. (According to the charts I see in the doctors office.) I still smoke marijuana (although I have never smoked cigarettes, """"bad for your health"""" I do not smoke the quanity I use to,these days, I smoke 1/4 ounce a week). At very earlier age (20's through the 30 experimented with a variety of of drugs, LSD, speeed, uppers, downers, etc) Passing through my forties, I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressue, I think it is job stress. Prescribed Molipril and then switeched over to Lipitor to control the blood pressure. There is a family history of diabetes and heart diseease. My mother had her legs completely taken off before succumbing, grandfather diabatic, father has had two heart attacks. I have had colon scoptomy (in case I am using the wrong definition: it's the camera up the butt routine) With the doctor teling me, nothing abnormal found in the ontestinal tract. Been having this leakage and irritable anus problem for the last 5 to 10 years. Just got off the throne, after wiping and wiping I can look at the tissue and see I have blood on the tissue when I simply "tamp" down on my anus. And everyday, my underpants have the gease stain from the leakage. I dont know if people can smell the crappy smell, I cannot, perhaps they are being polite? Anyways, just sharing my experience as I surf the web looking for leaky butt, "anal, and/or rectal incontinence information" For me, in considering the blood presure, the history of diabetes. It looks like I am on the edge of going diabetic... Thinking of trying to convince the doctor to do more then say it is a condition of aging..... I am saving the site to my favorites and wil check fo rothers with tichy and bleeding butt holes. Hope we can somehow get honest and sincere answers to this "irritable" problem...

Recovering Leaker's picture

Executive Summary: Coffee is the culprit!

I developed an itching problem approximately 3 years ago while I was taking antibiotics. At first, I thought I was suffering from an anal yeast infection due to the antibiotics. Treating the area with Monistat cream helped the itching, but the problem returned as soon as I stopped using the cream. I went to Doctor #1 and he prescribes diflucan, which I took for a couple of weeks. The problem did not go away. So, I went to see Doctor #2 who suggested Metamucil fiber pills and Desitin diaper rash cream. The Desitin did help with the itching but, again, the problem returned as soon as stopped using the cream. So, I went to Doctor #3, who is a dermatologist. He prescribed some antifungal cream, which was not helpful.

At this point, I basically gave up. I was able to manage the itching by using the Desitin cream every day. My symptoms are similar to what is described above. After a bowel movement, I wipe until I am completely clean. However, 2-3 hours later I start to feel itchy. At that time I go the restroom to wipe my anal area, and I find that my perianal area is covered with yellow fluid mixed with some stool.

After about 1 year of managing the problem with the Desitin, I decided to try visiting another doctor. Doctor #4 gave me some more diflucan and also gave me a medicine for pinworms. Neither of these medications helped, but my attention turned toward the possibility of worm infection. I went to Doctor #5 and he had me provide several stool samples, which tested negative for parasites. And then Doctor #6 performed a flexible sigmoidoscopy on me, which did turn up anything.

After going through all of the above, I finally decided to make a more serious effort to quit drinking coffee. I had suspected earlier that coffee was the problem, but my attempts to quit had failed. The headaches were terrible and I also suffered from constipation when I didn't drink coffee. I had managed to stay off of coffee for about a week before, so I had dismissed it as a possible cause. However, 1 week is not nearly long enough.

If you are suffering from anal leakage, the FIRST thing you need to do is quit coffee cold turkey, and quit it for at least 1 month. When I did that, my problem went away. You also need to stay away from tea, colas and other caffeinated beverages. When I drink those, the problem returns. Giving up caffeine was extraordinarily difficult for me. I had horrible headaches and drowsiness for the first few days. I also suffered from constipation. My old morning routine was to drink some coffee, which would induce a bowel movement. After quitting the coffee, I became constipated and irregular. This is where the fiber pills saved me. Taking the fiber pills restored my regularity and helped me to stay off of coffee. As a side benefit, I am now sleeping better too.

Anonymous Coward's picture

2nd part of my post, what do I do to clean up?
I work days, so I get in the shower and scrub my anus and the whoel butt crack (for laock of proper definition) to clean it out. I use hemmoroidal wipes "witch hazel", is the active ingedient) to clean my anus directly after having a bowel movement. However, each night I awake with the anal itch, and do through the routine of wiping amy anus with toilet paper and then use the hemorroidal wipes to clean up, I then dry out the anus with the toilet paper. It gets me through the rest of the night. Upon waking up, I take a shower and deliberately clean my anus, sticking my finger up inside myself and clearing out any "fecal" matter I find up there. Im worried about this part, am I expanding my anus to much and in some manner, causing the muscles to relax too much? If I have to have a bowel movement at work, I usually find I have a lot of gas prior, which I ve learned to let happen until I can get on the toilet seat. I then sit and wait until I can tell (which is something else, can you tell if you completed your BM????) that I have cleared my self as much as I can. Still, I get the brown stains in the underwear. I have not tried Metamucil, or other types of fiber. My diet is fairly well set, and muffin and coffee in the van on the way to wrok. 10am is another cup coffee, while the noon lunch cnosists of eating a soup, usually either vegetable/beef, or chicken noodle. Supper is made the wife, she serves up pasta, a salad and a meat. At least once a week we have pizza (pepperoni and mushrroom0...
On weekends, I usually hav eno breakfast, (I usually sleep til laround 10 - 11am) have a cup of coffe and a muffin til the wife makes supper.. I think the diet is not too terribly off the mark. SO I would not contribute the anal leakage to a terrible diet. Been thinking it is weak butt muscles, """kegeling"""" squeezing the butt muscles, as woman would squeeze the muscle of the vagina, has not shown any phsical, visual results, sounds logical, but real has not worked for me. The fiber increase is next on the list. As for doctors, well they, shrug it off, no real explanation for cause, sumptom or cure mentioned by any that I have spoken with. Can it be againg??? Robin Williams use it butt leakage as a joke line when he talks about again... How true is that???? Also, I am some what concerned at "poisoning myslef" with the blood on the toilet paper, can the feces be getting back into the bloodsteam???

John Doe's picture

You guy's won't remember my post from ages ago but i'm a long sufferer of this bullshit. Anyway tried the diet changes and other, so called techniques. Anyway warning!! DO NOT STICK TP UP YOUR BUNGHOLE!! It just causes blocked gas and tears your ass to shit. Anyways i went to my doctor in the end and within 2 minutes she diagnosed IBS. All the symptoms she described seeemed to fit and she even told me she had it herself. It's brought on by stress and continued by the stess of having IBS (In my case) Check it out with your doc because it could save you time worring that u are a freak but IBS is a lot more common than u think. She prescribed me anti-spasmodics, which basically allows your ass to behave itself and do the things that it should do........check it out, there must be loads of "shit" on the web about it and cos most of u have probably promised yourself a life of solitude u have plenty of time to do so.

Anyway useful tips:

1]Dont use TP for your bunghole, in the long run it F's your ass up. grapes and shit.

3]You are not crazy or dirty,In most people's cases i have read u are ill and need help. Mine too dude.

4] Drink lots of water, fruit, fibre etc..

5] Stay away from spicy foods..........ahhhhh shit i love curry!! Never mind it's a small sacrafice :-(

6]get your dirty ass to a doctor b4 you act on any advice from the web


Time Machine's picture

I have the problem, you know what it is, daily at certain hours. Normally it happens around 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Other times, I am just OK. I guess I am lucky, except those are the hours I commute. It's not serious, like leaving a mark on the train seat. But I am a member here for sure. Maybe it's dietary, less oily food for me?

leaky butthead's picture

ah yes, ive joined the club, my first two blogs were posted 10/01/05 part 1 and part 2...
More thoughts, overeating, creating huge stools could be a major problem, the weight and size of the stool and gravity, could that be part of the leaky butt syndrome?

Fiberman's picture

RE: FIBER - If you try increasing fiber for AL, you might research it first. Alot of great info on fiber, and the fiber content of foods, is on the web (including sites hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health, the Mayo Clinic, etc.; a website for "" has an extensive list of foods' fiber content). First you might determine your average daily fiber intake & compare that to what is recommended for your sex & age. Then gradually increase your fiber amount until it is up to par so you don't hit your system too hard at once - add 5 grams/day per week (for example, if you average 15g/day normally and are a male over 50 who should be doing 30g/day, start off with one week of doing 20g/day, then for the next week do 25g/day, etc.). Fiber from foods is better than from supplements. Spread your fiber out over you day's meals. And drink lots of water. If you take the time to do the research, changing your diet to increase fiber intake is not that difficult.
It can be harmful to overdo fiber intake & fiber in the absence of water can cause binding & constipation.
For a chart of recommended fiber for children, men & women of different ages, etc., see the website ""

leakydan's picture

I am also glad I found this site. I had a foot of my colon removed in 2001 when I was 44, and have had off and on leakage since. I'm in good health otherwise and could stand to lose a pound or two (who couldn't?), but not really overweight. My surgeon recently told me to increase fiber and take a tablespoon of mineral oil every day. That worked for a while, but I got off that habit. Time to start up again. Fiber and liquids is the key. Fiber doesn't add calories - it passes right through and cleans you out as it goes. Good luck.

O'Nasheous's picture

Egad, thanks for the various comments! I'd never heard the term "anal leakage" until it was mentioned on TV (!) -- as a possible side effect of Lipitor, Rx for high cholesterol. I don't take that one, but realize I have been on a combo of two other cholesterol medications for about as long as I've had the problem of suddenly sitting in embarrassing clear puddles -- those two meds I take are Pravachol and Lopid. I have also switched to Ibuprofen for occasional headache,, which may be another cause of leakage (but I was told to switch because aspirin may be causing spots of blood under the skin looking like small bruises)... I wear Depends at night, which provide great mental relief -- they're comfortable & don't leak. Extra-long supersize pantyliners help during the day, but unfortunately they can leak.

However, it's no way to live, being apprehensive about going out and about anywhere, or having to rinse out clothing more than once a day! Thanks to all your information, I'll talk to my GP. Will also follow up on some of the pointers found here, like cutting down on caffeine or just quitting entirely (though dark chocolate has recently been noted to be good for you)! I'd already started to substitute ice in most of my last two cups of coffee in the evening. I'll resume my midnight snack of a bowl of cereal, the cranberry/almond variety having always produced the ideal b.m. in the a.m. (and almonds are also good for you). I never tried Olean and I trim fat off meats, but can watch the butter/cheese intake, though those don't seem very significant somehow. Ditto for practicing exercises like sphincter-tightening, if caffeine or an Rx trumps them... My guess is that cure from an anti-spasmodic is rare, but worth considering.

I'll take to heart the idea of a possible anal fissure if nothing else works -- though the description above of that surgery calls for much courage! Furthermore, I recently had a full colonoscopy (which I passed OK), and I strongly recommend it to anyone for whom it might apply, like those with a family history of colon cancer. I'll look forward to checking back here too for further serious thoughts and wry jokes -- and the Bottom Line is thank you all again for eye-opening ideas to give closure in the End.

O'Nasheous's picture

p.s. I want to comment on the many suggestions as to the benefits of "fiber" -- which used to be called "roughage" in the olden days. Too much of the empty-calorie type can in fact be rough on your insides, leading to bloating and irritable bowel syndrome, etc. You are told to combine it with plenty of water, but that's exactly what's in excess in the first place! We aren't meant to be horses (or a horse's a__) in overdoing the roughage. Ditto the enemas -- too frequent clean-outs aren't optimal either. Daily inclusion of apple, pineapple, banana or other mild source of roughage in the diet is healthier and less likely to upset normal balance.

Rather than pursue excessive measures to clean out the intestines totally, it makes more sense to sustain their normal function, by taking in moderate amounts of food and water and also making sure the beneficial bacteria we depend on aren't depleted by antibiotics or harsh routines. When I picked up a touch of dysentery years ago, part of the treatment included bland diet and yogurt three times a day. The bland diet was naturally antispasmodic, and the yogurt provided the active cultures to restore those bacterial aids to digestion which we all need and normally possess.

stinkfist's picture

Whew, I'm not the only one. Great site, as unusual as it is helpful, surprisingly. For about two years now I've been getting that dampness, sweat, leakage shit. It's driving me nuts. I'm also paranoid going into public because of it. Like someones else had mentioned my ass also, get this, smells like ass. I can't sit in plastic chairs because there is no air to breathe and a wet spot will develop through my pants/shorts and on the chair. The odor is apparent, I can smell it, and I'm pretty sure other people have too. I don't get skid marks, but I do get clear liquid leakage, and it comes right back. I've had a doctor check twice for hemmorids(sp?), and nothing was found. I've had mild itching once in a while and blood a couple times so I thought that was the problem. I'm going to try mildly increasing my fiber, like an apple-a-day or something. O'Nasheous mentioned that a contributing factor? I drink a lot of mountain dew and I'm trying to cut back. Anyways, if I don't see any change, it's off to the doctor again. I can't handle this mental stress, it's nearly overwhelming, and I'm certain the stress only compounds the problem. Thanks for all the tips everyone.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

I noticed a problem with leaky ass when I was on antibiotics. Of course, I also suffered from frequent sharts, so this probably explains it.

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

Another Anonymous Coward's picture

I am a 53 year old male caucasion, considered to be morbidly obese, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and other health problems requiring meds, which I won't divulge. My diet has always been reasonably good.
Although AL was not an issue for me, insanely messy stool that defied wiping was, probably caused by the plethora of meds I take. I never pursued a solution, finding the shower was the simple way to control it. My situation gives me insight to the problem you are facing.
As I was already taking numerous meds, my doctor was very reluctant to add cholesterol meds, fearing the combination would be too much for my liver. Since my "reading" was over 400, he had to do something! He explained that dietary fiber can pull excess cholesterol out of your system, so he got me to take Metamucil. It took a long time, over a couple of years, but my "reading" is now just under 240 and still going down.
My personal experience is, using Metamucil in the amount recommended on the package *will* produce very neat stools, so much so the TP comes away practically clean. To prevent constitpation it is mandatory to use at least the amount of water specified.
The copius amount of required water does *not* cause any tendency to diahrea (at least it did not for me). If your colon is healthy, all of the excess water is is drawn into the bloodstream and sent via the kidneys to your bladder. IMHO the extra water is *good* for the health of your kidneys.
BTW: I found Safeguard Antibacterial Deodorant Soap to an be absolutely total cure for personal odor problems. Before you try it you should know that the active ingredient, triclocarban, has stirred up some controversy, which you can review for yourself by doing a google search on "triclocarban controversy" (duh!).

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Lipotor can also cause this problem.

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

Soon2bcelebate's picture

I have had anal leakage too, I am worried about it as it mostly happens when my boyfriend and I are having sex, its only a tiny bit but enough to make me feel really uncomfortable. What do I do?

The Itch!'s picture

Phew! This happens in England as well! Does anyone else get the "Ring Sting" after a couple of Poo's?

Also, does anyone wake up with stomache cramps in the morning? I think this might have something to do with it!?

Anonymous's picture

I wipe my ass and up near the start of my near the tail bone...and idk its like this red liquid scares me

sickofthisshit's picture

Another thing that people suffering from this might try is a probiotic supplement containing acidopholus and bifidus. I recommend a brand such as Nature's Bounty that has a very high amount of organisms at time of manufacture. Though the more fiber approach is probably best for those who don't have an extraordinary problem of some kind.

Anonymous Coward's picture

"red liquid scares me"

DUDE! Go see a medical doctor ASAP! In case you haven't already figured it out: "red liquid shit" = blood. This is NOT a good thing…

good news's picture

Small anal pads are available for mild anal incontinenence. Look for ARD Pads at

Jay's picture

Ok here is my problem! Im 16 and I get vary sweaty vary easily. If i shit for a period of time or even for 10 mins my ass gets realy sweaty and when i get up there is a line of sweat on my chair, I dont think anyone has seen this line of mine before thank god. Anyways i also get a vary wet and sweaty smelling ass and pants from this! Omfg im so trying teh fiber and i hope it works. Im so glad im not the only one!

Elliot's picture

I get sweaty sometimes, but i dont really ever get these shity things comin out my butt. if you guys are really gettin this shit happenin to you, then damn. i am a pretty sweaty guy. sometimes i eat a lot of jalapenos and that makes me blow up the next day. i use that in place of fibre. good luck peopes

-big duke

sickofthisshit's picture

Okay, I tried the fiber solution, and I can tell you for straight-up and real that it works. The problem was much more under control the very next day after increasing my daily fiber intake through one dose of metamucil, four to six sticks of celery hearts, and two apples. Four days later, the problem was pretty much gone. And this is from someone who really, really likes his caffeine!

poominator's picture

Hello all,
as I breath a huge sigh of relief...!! I first noticed the leaky butt when I was working about 3 yrs ago. I would poop and then 10-20 min later I was back on the pot wiping my butt clean as if I had never even wiped it the first time. But to hear that I am not the only one who suffers from this makes me feel a little bit better. I let it go for about a year and would strategize my poops so that i knew I would have a toilet nearby when I needed to "clean up" then i went see a Dr. and he reccommended taking fiber. As soon as I started using the fiber I noticed a huge diference. I could poop and then wipe and there would not be anything on the tp. But of course if I didnt stay on the fibre then I would be back to wiping the sticky and very soft poo. The fiber is nice but when I took too much it caused severe gas and sometimes bloody stool. I tried not drinking caffiene but gave up after a week or so when I did not see any results. Like I said the fibre is nice but I dont want to be taking fibre for the rest of my life. Whos got the ultimate solution????????
I have not told my fiance about my condition for the fear of self ambarrassment. She would be very understaning but I cant bring myself to do it. If I can cure it soon with out having to tell her that would be great. As for now...Less caffine and more celary sticks/hearts.

Good luck to all!! We are in a shitty situation! ooohhh bad pun!

One other thing to those of you who are taking fibre on a regular basis... I have not gotten sick for the past 2 winters.. a stuffy nose here or there but nothing like the flu or coughs or really bad colds. Anyone experience the same thing? I think the cleansing that the fibre provides is a contributing factor to the good health.

I'll be watching

poominator's picture

One more thing to "sickofthisshit"
How long had you experienced this???

Anonymous Coward's picture

I just spent eight days AL-free, after years on and off AL problems. The obvious variable was coffee(caffeine), chocolate and maybe dairy. I did not eat a high fiber diet. I skipped breakfast most mornings. The 8 days were without coffee and little or no chocolate or dairy. It has got to be one of these. The last 7 days I have drank decaf, alittle chocolate and regular amts of milk. Problem returned mildly but clearly have AL again. No caffeine (coffee, decaf even and chocolate) from now on to see if my guess is right. 99% sure it is all caffeine related. It is just so hard to accept but problem too miserable to live with.I have to figure why decaf seems to bring problem on. Good luck others, usually it is a simple fix but we never quite figure it out until years have passed. Hoping I get back to 100% and can live with out coffee and chocolate. Life at 38 is a constant sacrifice.I am a WM, in great shape and very good about what I eat(lots of naturally existing fiber). Its not about my food choices or weight and exercise.

PooDiddly's picture


Thanks people for your candid descriptions regarding this highly sensitive subject. I've had skidmark problems for several years (52 yr. old female) and lately (1 mo) had the itchies, too--at night, or when I go poo). and I ALWAYS have a daily movement but I schedule my day around my morning 'deviors' (going poo) so I can shower afterwards. I've thought about the French douche, wondered if we're SUPPOSED to use our urine to wet the TP to wash "back there" if we have an afternoon BM..or anything that is AFTER our shower.
It could be later morning or in the afternoon, or at night...whenever I DO go peepee...there's "moisture in the poo place, the telltale brown stain. AND, I'm VERRRRY conscious of the hygene implications if I have a sex partner--especially one with a bad aim...any probing in the wrong place and the deal's over--I send him to go wash.

From reading these threads, I must deduce that it this is indeed DIET RELATED!

I'm maybe 20 lb overweight, but this problem existed prior to that weight gain, and it's an observable odor to me in the bathroom. I forget my veggies, I drink wine with a meat-based dinner, and viola, it appear I should expect this problem! Planning my life around the morning shower AFTER I poo puts a big krink in traveling, in getting to work at 7:30 or 8...
My diet is coffee with milk (24-30 oz) for breakfast (sometimes with a banana or an English muffin, or rye toast); lucky to get popcorn or a "something...bagel, chicken strips, or a bowl of General Tso chicken with rice for lunch. Dinner may be between 8 and 10:30 and it is usually meat (broiled beef, chicken. Meat). I don't eat enough veggies. I MIGHT have a banana for breakfast, MIGHT have a salad for dinner.

Thanks for being frank and earnest! I didn't know how my diet may be causing this. I didn't know it can be so extreme as to cause marks on furniture. I DO know I've skooted out of bed and left a mark--but that was naked.

The smell is one thing; the bacteria in this poopie residue concerns me. I never thought it might be a perceptible odor--or visual mark--with clothes on.

Also, I've come across a few exotic web is Austrailian that talks about a topical ointment doctors have discovered to help control a too-loose or a too-tight sphincter (something about playing your anus like a wind instrument). Too loose: you have 'leakage' or fecal incontinence. Too tight and you have constipation! The other site is Malasian (but in English) with a doctor that recommends exercises (similar to Kegel). I thought this condition might be related to lack of muscular strength "down there" I'm thinking it may well be diet, AND exercise.

Thank you for being a great resource...esp. the note from the person who went to 5 doctors before finding sme recourse!

I drink too much coffee for breakfast, too much wine for dinner, and I need more veggies/rice/Metamucil in my diet!

BumpyButthole's picture

k... I have this extremely hideous and terrifying small lil lump on my butthole-never had it before in my life~so this a lil weird...anyway colon cancer and shit has been in my family and so I am all freakin out about that... but really what is it? the only thing that could've caused it in my theory is that of (A.)its hopefully nuthin to worry about if it goes away, it might just be irritation from an infection of some sort in my discharge (which I was a quite sick this morning on the pot and it burned when I went actual natural crap and eventually turned into different discharge that came out-more like a alien feces that was just liquid) so perhaps and when I wiped it somehow affected that edging part of your rectum and sort of irritated it making it expand so much that it is a lump the size of dime. or (B.) it is actually something I should be concerned about (if it persists more than 2 days blump) that may relate to colorectal cancer in some scary way shape or form...

ANY IDEAS? I am scared out of my mind-this is real frightening,disgusting and unusual for me so I'd be much obliged have you any information...!

Anonymous Coward's picture

A lot of what's being described here, an inability to digest certain fats and oils creating the same results as eating olestra, can be easily cured without just masking symptoms. I'd encourage all of the wonderfully honest people here to learn to take responsibility for their own health by studying natural and alternative medicine. You could start with the websites and The book "alternative medicine: the definitive guide" is useful too as are countless others. Do a search on "aspartame" or "bird flu" at and see what kind of people you're giving away responsibility for your health to.

A good way to see if the solution I'm about to post will work for you is to eliminate fats and oils (including dairy) from your diet for a day or two and see if your symptoms persist. But, as almost everyone who eats refined food will benefit from the following treatment, it's worth doing regardless. I've done the following cleanse and a more sophisticated version that required taking Chinese herbs for two weeks beforehand. The second version was more effective for me personally, but lots of people have great results with the following:

You can find much more information by googling "gall bladder flush cleanse".

If it works for you, post and let people know.

Anonymous Coward's picture

what would i do without my fellow poo friends. This is for sure a brotherhood! Ive changed my diet and tried showering once before i go to bed and i have generally noticed a little less sweating as well as the otherall smell is not so harhs. really for me it was just a quick shower in the morning, a good one before bed. We sweat while we sleep and im sure having stink on your body for 8 hours while you sleep cant be good!

bri32zz's picture

Well I found out what was making my ass leak. I had a colon infection, liver infection and my gall bladder was removed. No more leaks for me:)

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hello there, i have just got over a 2 year cocaine addiction and when i started using the drug my metabolic rate went mad and i was passing feces 6,7,8 times a day at least. This was normally from 11 in the morning when i had my first line after breakfast!

I started to experience what i thought was a sweaty arse but i lived in a hot climate and thought it was being unfit and a junkie. However i realised i was getting actual discharge from my arse, sometimes mucassy or watery liquid that would occur just before i needed the toilet. Then i would wipe and wipe and ten minutes later i would need to wipe again.It can be 1 trip to shit and then 4 to wipe plus i have piles so live in discomfort but having been a coke fiend and i am used to discomfort so have been dealing with it.

I have stopped using coke and am now fit and healthy but ( smoke weed and ciggies) still have this problem. The more exercise i do,(running, weights) the worse it gets! i may get back on the yayo to block it out (joke) It is taking my confidence away and i sometimes avoid sexual contact with girls or dont like to be away from my 'comfort zone' of home / friends houses. What to do?

poominator's picture

First off... Congrats to the coke addict gone sober... keep it up buddy!!

Anyhow, I have been off of caffine for almost a week now and still not change. I will continue that for at least a month. I have aslo stopped drinking milk and switched to Soy Milk (vanilla flavored) actually not that bad at all for cereal. I have switched to non scented bar soap to scrub my buttox. I went back to the soap that I used before the AL started. and I have quit the fibre for the mean time. I know the fibre works so I want to see what else will cure it. I also quit directly scrubbing the A-hole when i shower. I scrub around it but avoid direct contact hoping that will help some how. Next I will avoid dairy in my diet at all costs. Something has to cure this shitey problem, I was healthy and athletic when this came on and eating the same things I eat today. How could my diet be a factor?? Yes the fibre works but if I forget to take it once or twice then im scrooed for the next day. I dont want to live like that. Always worrying about it. I WANT MY FREEDOM BACK!!!! AAAWWWWWWWWRRRRRRGGGGGG

leaky Dale's picture

Like many others I was relieved to find this site for I too am a leaker. I have tried everything that everyone here has tried and I still leak a mucous like substance sometimes appearing to have blood in it. I have been to the doctor and they have looked at it and sent me for a colonoscopy. It turned up normal. I still eat lots of fiber. I am an occasional drinker. I smoke pot once in a while.
Fiber helped me feel better, also I drink aloe juice which seemed to help my back pain more than anything else. I am 34 and have accepted the fact that my ass may always leak from now on or at least until medical science has figured out the problem.
My question is this: Where can I get training pants for the adult male. I have a 40 inch waist. I just need some plastic or rubber underpants to wear to keep my problem contained. Preferably something that is fitted with elastic to form an almost airtight seal (this should take care of the smell) I have a great girlfriend who probably won't judge me, I just want to keep the back of my pants from looking like I sat on a grape.
So if anyone has a contact at Fruit of the Loom or another undergarment manufacturer, I think there is a market for a product like this.
Maybe someday we can all meet at a convention in Vegas and join hands and rejoice that we are not alone in our rectal dysfunction. We can unite and become one voice to cry out that we are no different because of our anal woes. So join with me and we can all be heard.
Thank you.

Itchy's picture

Well, Well, I have some of these symptoms. Itchy, Yes. I don't have the leakage. Not that I realize. I think as an active male with hair in my crack. Well, your bound to have some residue after doing your thing. I am taking these measures to help. Resisting the urge to itch. Lightly washing more often. Eating a better balanced diet with raw foods, more fiber, fruit. Drinking caffeine and alcohol in moderation. plenty of water and exercise. I have also started seeing an acupuncture & chinese medical doctor. If you want to gain control over this don't be affraid to try the alternative. Western medicine likes to give medication to cure the symptoms and not the problems. When looking for an acupuncturest seek one that is a chinise medical doctor, not a chiropractor who also does acupuncture. The body is amazing in its ability to heal, sometimes it needs a little help. Don't give up. Also what's wrong with a little weed?

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poominator's picture

So I went to the Dr. and it turns out that I have fissure, wich explains the bloody toilet paper that has been happening for about a week. Anyhow, he gave me a cream that I have to apply after I shower. He said that should not only stop the bleeding but also stop the AL (Hopefully!!) I got back on the fiber and things are better. I am supposed to use the cream for 7-10 days and see what happens. I will let you all know how it goes. Good luck to all of us!


fedup's picture

This is great. I have started having this problem over the past few months and getting really concerned. Wipe and then 30 mins later its as though you had not wiped. I dont drink much caffeine. Maybe a cup of coffee a week. However reading through this and the fibre suggestion. I realise that I have cut right back on carbohydrates and fibre to lose weight. It works for me. This has all been around the same time, so I am wondering if it is related. I plan to increase the fibre now and see if it helps.

Thanks everyone for your comments. It is reasuring to know that I am not alone in this. I was dreading having to speak to the doctor as it is an embarrissing subject.

fedup's picture

This is great. I have started having this problem over the past few months and getting really concerned. Wipe and then 30 mins later its as though you had not wiped. I dont drink much caffeine. Maybe a cup of coffee a week. However reading through this and the fibre suggestion. I realise that I have cut right back on carbohydrates and fibre to lose weight. It works for me. This has all been around the same time, so I am wondering if it is related. I plan to increase the fibre now and see if it helps.

Thanks everyone for your comments. It is reasuring to know that I am not alone in this. I was dreading having to speak to the doctor as it is an embarrissing subject.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Here I am searching the net as my butt is in real pain. I have a fissure (again) as I knew I would 48 hours after having milk and coffee from Arabic beans which are high in acid. I should know better, it never fails ..... dairy (lactose) intolerance causes me to have anal leakage - which smells and burns the skin around the anus and then cracks and bleeds. So if you too are having trouble with "leakage" track your intake (food and drink) any thing in your system for up to 48 hours can be the cause. Look for common factors (item,preservative, etc). I believe you can and do inherit the problem, so if you have the issue look to parents and children and help them solve the issue also.

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