periods and pooing

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The Shit Volcano asks:

Here's strictly a girl question. My poo is normally well-behaved (except when I get a million wiper), and comes out just like it's supposed to without a problem... until that time of the month.

During my period the poo is soft and squishy. It gets all over my asscheeks. I always feel like I have to take a shit even when it's all come out. That, and I have really bad gas.

Is this common? Either way, WHAT THE HELL CAN I DO ABOUT IT?!?!?!?! It's driving me crazy!

Hello again, and thanks for this intriguing (if somewhat gross) question!

I suppose a total hysterectomy is out of the question.

Short of that drastic solution, I have to conclude that some of the evil demons who bring us our monthly periods have taken up residency in your colon. It apparently isn't enough to bring us ladies cramps, bleeding, clots, and to make us waste money on expensive paper products. The demons of monthly carnage are simply bored in your girlie innards and are yucking it up in your colon. What better fun than turning your poo all shmeary and making you fart a lot?

An exorcism is probably your best bet. Approach your local priest with this problem (and don't be embarrassed -- they get this ALL the time) and arrange a suitable time/place to do it. And take pictures for Dave.

(If you were by any chance looking for a serious answer to this question, I can only tell you that I have no idea why this happens. I will make the usual cop-out and blame it on hormones, and tell you to just start drinking a lot the week before your period is due. That always works for me.

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?

184 Comments on "periods and pooing"

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Thanks for the advice. And the laugh! I'll keep this in mind next month. My sister's a witch. Maybe she can cast a spell to exorcise the butt demons. :-)

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

PooperGal's picture

I think Poonurse is on to something with the demon thang. Go to the library and look up a book on Hieronymous Bosch (an artist back in the 16th century) and you'll see what I mean!

Poonurse's picture
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Of course I'm right. Everyone knows about period demons.

pooQueen's picture

tsv, i get horrible diarrhea when it's that time of the month also. i like the idea of an exorcism. how the hell do you go about finding a priest that does one?? period demons, be damned!!!!!!

freakazoid's picture

Period demons. Heh heh!

Still Life With Turds's picture

If you also get cramps during your period, a likely culprit are prostaglandins. They play a role in any uterine contraction, from the normal slight contractions that expel the menstrual flow, to the massive ones that push out a baby. Producing too much can cause painful cramping, and it can also affect the intestines, causing nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. I speak from experience. >.<

Unfortunately, there's not much to do about it besides getting the ol' plumbing yanked...

So, really, poonurse's explanation was correct - the crampy demons really do migrate from your girly parts into your bum! o.O

Jen's picture

My theory, as a similarly affected female, is that during that special time of the month your body's digestion slows, as it does during pregnancy, so that all possible bits of nutrition is absorbed from the food and into the body. therefore stinky farts result (my sister and I call them period farts) and the poo is expelled in a different /shape/form/color/viscosity than usual because of it is being handled by the body differently AND because your eating habits at this time are probably different than usual (more chocolate, ...advil....creamed corn bran muffins and espresso...)
hope this helps,

Frau O&#039;Leary's picture

I always get constipated right before my period. It is, so to speak, a _bummer. I can take all the fiber I want, and it does no good, until the cramps from my period start the pooping machine going again.

Terd Ferguson's picture
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I poo noticably more than usual during my period and I just did a ggogle search to figure out why: this came top of the list! Glad I'm not the only one to experience such things, and now I have a couple of possibilities as to why it may be! Thank you!

Poopahontas's picture

I don't know anything about poop demons, but I do poop a lot MORE during my period, but it's not squishy or unusual. Just more frequent. I read somewhere that yes, your innards are just overzealous at this time of the month. Lovely.

Michelle's picture

I just did a google search aswell about this and found this site. During my period I poop and fart a lot more. The poo is also quite soft during this time. Then after my period is over, it's all back to normal again. Weird huh!

KiKi's picture

This has been a HUGE problem beginning when I first started getting my period 20 years ago. Getting older has helped relieve this problem a bit, though (logically) I have noticed when my appetite has been larger and I have eaten a lot during the month my periods and messy poops are much heavier and more plentiful! Being on the pill has relieved my cramps and bleeding, and relieved some of the messy poop problems. Maybe because our uterus' are getting cleaned out, our butts want to as well!?!

meggie's picture

i have never really been big on poo but and was kinda worried there might be something terribly wrong and abnormal with me when i started pooing up to four times a day when i was on my period but this site has really helped thanks very much x x x x

nikki's picture

Yep, same problem here. My poo seems to get really mushy during my period. It also smells worse, and i too have rancid smelling "period farts". It's gross.

another nurse's picture

Take motrin or something to get rid of that impending poo feeling--it really helps. I think the same prostaglandins that cause cramps 'migrate' away from the uterus and piss off the bowel too; motrin is a prostaglandin-inhibitor so this tends to help that feeling.
I tend to have very moody dumps this time of the month too, and the only reason I can think of for squishy poo is the fact that the rest of me is so water-logged and bloated, it just overflows into my colon to get rid of some of it.
Gosh it's fun to be a woman.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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I was thinking of getting a hysterectomy.

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

lana's picture

Poop during your period is so gross and messy. I've always wondered why period poo is so disgustingly different than normal. Now I know.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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Poop and female problems seem to go hand in hand, whether it's period, hormone imbalances, or reproduction.

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

poop princess's picture

you know ive always wondered y that was thanks 4 the info exorcism sounds the best bet n if all else fails colonic irigation is my next best advice

Bunga Din's picture
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Memo to self: Bump post up in 28 days for poop princess

Super Pooper's picture

phew! I thought it was just me. glad to know that I'm not the only gas bag during "bill week".

rebeccabo's picture

I have often referred to this phenomenon as my "period poops" and my boyfriend (an otherwise open to poop-talk kind of guy) would just look at me like I was crazy! But today I learned, not only that prostaglandin hormones are to blame, but there are other documented reports of Period Poops!!! What a relief it is to know I'm not crazy.

GottaGoGirl's picture
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There is no END to the things you can learn here! I have to add my nod, here. Me, too.

justhadperiodpoo's picture

I just had a rather disgusting period poo and also googled it. thank fuck it's not just me. after reading the symptoms of TSS and one of them being the shits i've always been shit-scared. (hohoho)

JamieTeal's picture
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I get these too, but I have a history of constipation. It's good to know that once a month, at the very least, my bowels will get a thorough evacuation. I find that the pain associated with the first day of period varies according to what time of day it starts. If it starts first thing in the morning, I'll be guaranteed pain until take some ibuprofin (the only time of the month when I use any kind of medication). If it starts in the evening, I have a chance of sleeping through the worst of it. Additionally, I get more pain if my period starts on the weekend, because I have more time to sit around and notice it.

Wee Jock McPlop's picture

Yes! Period Poo demons! Gosh I know all about those! That impending "need to dump" feeling comes in a package deal with cramping, wanting to pee every hour, the constant worry you've sprung a leak, feeling fat, bloated, pimply and if things couldn't get any worse! Count on your colon to want to mess with you at a time like this.

I feel like there's no point even leaving the loo when I'm on the rag!

McFart's picture

I haven't really noticed what my poop is like around this time of month but the farting seriously has got to stop. No matter what I eat or don't eat, the week before my period, I start farting like crazy...really really smelly ones too which of course stinks up my room and annoys everyone at home. My mum keeps blaming beans but I'm not eating any and when I DO during other times of the month, there's no farting.

It happens...but how to stop it??!

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Try an OTC med like Pamprin. Combined with Beano, maybe?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Recently I've had a nasty ulcer and I just started taking a perscribed anti-acid.When I woke up I went to the bathroom 3 timein about a 30 min period, i had somewhat solid waste. Then wheni flushed it broke into tiny peices, is that normal for it to break up in such a way? Also I had a salad last night and I couldn't read the menu b.c my eyes suck, and it had spinach I had like one bite, and realized it. What is the likelyhood of e. coli infection?

Dawneon's picture

Yes! Finally! i've always wondered why this happens, and now I have an idea. Great site!

healthy 1's picture
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Ok girls, here is a great website for you:

This is the heading to the page: "Because of hormonal changes, diarrhea and cramps are very common just before the onset of flow."

You can also find many other sites on this topic by typing in "pms/bowel problems" in yahoo or google.
Born to clog your bog, with a giant log.

"Two percent of the population think; three percent of the population think they think, and 95 percent of the population would rather die than think."

justhadperiodpoo2's picture

i cant believe theres a page on period poop!?! its good to know im not alone(in my sloppy period poos and in being curious enough to google the topic!) i also sometimes have a lack of activity leading up to the event. im otherwise very healthy and this is the only pms i really get,must be just those period demons. . .

Anomalous Coward's picture
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I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank God for my Y chromosome!

LongTimeSufferer's picture

I'm not so sure anomalous, it's always worse if it's someone elses you're smelling!

Good to see my local sufferer is not alone.

Anonymous Coward's picture

haha, also googled poop and period. I've just noticed that while on my periods I'm more gassy and its actually sometimes painful to poop due to a huge buildup of gasses that get trapped somewhere, I dunno where, but feels like the same area as where I get cramps.
I always figured it was gas, but maybe it's the period demons...

asha's picture

Please help
when i pooped today a white blob appeared on the poop it was pure white, just wondering if you have any thoughts as to what this could be, Thanks,

Poop City's picture

My period farts got so bad this month my boyfriend slept on the couch and my pants now smell like skunk. I am not shitting you (holy pun). I've always known of this happening to other women, but have never known the reason. I like the leads we have thus far.

cramp queen's picture

I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one with this issue! I am constantly in the bathroom with my period always doing a number. I do drink lots of water - especially during this time and thought that that was the issue. Reading the box of Midol, I noticed that it is a diuritic. Do you think this has anything to do with it?

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
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A dieuretic does NOT give you diahreah.
The Thunderous Crapper 63 Enjoying home toilet advantage since 2004!


PoopsRUs's picture

My friend and I also get the Period Poops and the Period Farts. I told her that I found your site and fell off my couch because I was laughing so hard. We thought we had the market cornered on the period language.

i have a theory!'s picture

ok! so ive just spent the last week trying to run away from myself! i have no words to describe just how bad my farts get!
so anyway me and my (obviously close) friend lorrae have come to a conclusion that these smelly farts are most likely from ... i hate to say it.... chocolate! and i mean all types! milo.. nuttela... choc bars... even sugar sweets! see how you go next time when you cancel those product out for 2 or so weeks!

daphne's picture
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You know, after being married to my husband for over 15 years, this year he finally admitted that chocolate makes him poop! It could be the caffeine?

Who knows, but you're not alone.

There is no way in hell I could stop eating chocolate.

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

Gigi's picture

We thought it was just me, until my husband and I heard an L.A. radio personality talk about her problems with "period poop" earlier this week. We almost died laughing. I'm pretty irregular most of the time, but during my period I go AT LEAST 4 times a day! And it's squishy and stinky and gross in every way. Soooooo unpleasant. I'm not eating or drinking anything different (no chocolate, no caffeine, no meds, etc.). I figured the contractions in my uterus were affecting my digestive system as well.

The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
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Girls please please PLEASE! Do NOT eliminate the chocolate from your period diet! OMG I couldnt even imagine what would happen if females the world over stopped eating chocolate altogether when they get their periods. THE HORROR. Please dont do that and PLEASE dont even speak of it! I am still....
The Thunderous Crapper 63 Enjoying home toilet advantage since 2004!


MobilePooper's picture

Thank goodness for my laptop as I am sitting here in the bathroom with round #6 (who knows, I stopped counting) of day 1 period poops. FLUSHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Even the cat is running away from me.

RoboCrap13's picture
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Perhaps a slight change in diet just before and during the menses. Increased roughage and a SLIGHT decrease in liquid intake in an attempt to firm the stools. You just have to be careful to avoid dehydration which will cause problems with your flow.

How could I say this? One of my ex's had a similar problem. Went from 8 glasses of water a day to 6 and ate a high fiber cereal for those 7 days. Huge poops, but it kept her happy!

If any ladies think I'm crazy for this idea, please comment! I'm only a man.

You have the right to remain Silent but Deadly....

You have the right to remain Silent but Deadly....

hormones's picture

It is hormones: You will notice your poo getting hard two weeks before your period right after ovulation. That is because progesterone increases, which slows down digestion and therefore more of the moisture is taken out of your poo. If you do not become pregnant your progesterone will drop, speed of digestion will increase, your poo will become soft and your period will begin.

annoyed and stinky's picture

I am so glad to find this site. My sister does not have the period fart problem so she has sworn off beans and is forever complaining about me farting and stinking up the place. I can't help it! I also feel bloated which leaves me kinda sluggish and grumpy. But worst of all is the farting. What is up with that? And how do I stop it! My room stinks. I seem to release a significant amount of very smelly gas every few minutes. I don't drink coffee, haven't had chocolate and have actually cut down on tea the past week. It's like clockwork. I know my period is coming coz it'll start when I stop farting.

trying to study for a midterm tomorrow but just wanna poo...'s picture

hahah - yes for google. this makes me feel better, up there, but NOT down there...I currently have a heatpad over my below-naval area - it soothes the discomfort by a lot, but not enough for it to go away...

As for the farting problem - I've no idea. Maybe you can try to fart into a plastic bag and seal it (if you're in the privacy of your room).

Thanks for cheering me up, girls!

my roomate is concerned's picture

Sooo.. yes, thank goodness for google. My roommate was nearly appalled when I informed her I had to poo AGAIN. So i was worried it was just me, but I see that is just not the case. yay for "poop period" searches on google after a late night of period aches and pains :o)

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