poop is flat

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Tim asks:

Hi, I am 30 years old and lately my poop has been comming out a little flat.
Last month my poop was round and I was going on a regular basis. What's the

Dear Tim,

Thanks for asking this question!

I have received a few questions about flat poo of late. Wonder if something is going on....Conspiracy, or coincidence....Lets talk about poo, shall we?

Just like people, poop comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Any similarity between people and stools should end there, however.

The interior of the colon is round, so the shape of poop is usual round, too. A change in stool shape or caliber can be the result of a mass that is affecting the lumen of the bowel. Though many different stool appearances are considered normal, any change from your "usual" bowel habits should be considered abnormal.

Get yourself checked out. This will likely involve a colonoscopy, which is a really fun procedure that involves a 4 foot long "snake" being inserted up your ass, drugs, and a day off work. (Not unlike the ol' college days, eh Tim?)

In all likelihood every thing is ok, but it never hurts (ok, it hurts sometimes) to get a clean bill of health for the old bunghole.

Good luck!

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?

176 Comments on "poop is flat"

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

I'd rather have flat poop.

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

pooQueen's picture

Ribbon poo...can you tie it into a little fecal bow? Seriously though, something like that needs to be checked out.

Slim Jim Junkie's picture

Well, sometimes I get a turd that is somewhat flat.
However, it is usually because it hits the back end of the crapper with great force.

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

SPLAT! Ha ha ha!!!

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

Pooper Duper's picture

Flat pooper get to a DOCTOR. This was my Dad's first symptom of colon cancer. He ignored it until it got down to pencil poop ... and then finally bloody pencil poop. He then went to the doctor and three months later we buried him. So yeah, you could ignore your flat poop ... you could say that it will take care of itself one way or another.

The Shit Volcano's picture
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That sucks, dude. But I'd still rather have flat poop than have someone looking up my ass.

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

Anonymous Coward's picture

I recently had a similar experience, except it eventually involved pain and swelling around the outside of the poop chute. I ultimately couldn't take the pain anymore and went to doctor ( luckily i was refered by a friend to a surgeon). Doc said it was a Perirectal Abcess and drained me out right then and there. The surgery wasn't painfull, but the recovery required some pain medicine; in actuality the recovery pain was no where near the pain I felt before i went to the doctor. Flat poop is no good, go see a doctor. Oh, and BTW my experience at the doctor involved no "wrong way" entry.

Carlito's picture

What is wierd to me, is that it can be flat then go normal again. I myself had flat poop once, but it returned to normal within about a week.

Bob's picture

I have flat poop, it has been that way about a year. I read this comment form poonurse and freaked out. I went and got checked with a 5 foot snake rod with a camera on the end. It was not painful as I was asleep at the time anyway I checked out Great. Nothing wrong the Dr. told me 90% of the time it is the anus muscle that does the poop end. Oh well that is my experice hope this helps someone.

sam's picture

what does it mean if my poop comes out in several one inch balls? it looks kind of like rabbit turds. usually there are 5 or more balls at a time. it has been happening on and off for about a year, but lately its all i get!

Elvis's picture
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Pour some maple syrup on it and serve it fer breakfast to your cheating wife

Joey's picture
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my poop is BIG ok i cant fit all my poop in my toliet

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

I'm sure, Joey.

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

Diarrhea soft poop lover's picture

I have been having semi-flat poops lately and it is because they have been very soft. Your anal hole is more ovlongular in shape and when your poop is very soft, it doesn't open your bottom all the way and it creates a more flatened shape. However if you wait an extra day between bowel movements, then you will have a normal shaped poop, i certianly do.

P.S. I like to have almost diarrhea soft poop because:
a. its bigger
b. it feels better when i poop my pants(i do that allot, but on intention) or my diaper (im a diaper lover)

--May all your poops be soft and suqishi

Anonymous Coward's picture

I happen to poop in shapes that look like animals...sometimes letters...once a smiley face! I just think it is so funny, I laugh like crazy - all to myself! I wondered if this EVER happened to anyone else anywhere in the world? ... I just had to find a website that I could ask someone! Please let me know if this ever happens to anyone. It sure makes going to the bathroom a little more fun!

Double Flush's picture
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As mentioned above, softer poop will be shaped by your anal muscles, which aren't perfectly round. Still, I'd get it checked out, meaning there is a chance for a colonoscopy. I have never had one, but hopefully I'll be knocked out first if I ever have to have one. I hear it's fun after the colonoscpy because you are actually told to fart a lot (air gets pushed in). I had a friend who had a colonoscopy and she talked about the farts and stuff. Just don't shart yourself!

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Anonymous Coward's picture

Did we know what it means when u get the rabbit poo? Just I had it a few times recently and i was wondering if it was causing this bad back I have been having for the past 4-5 months. Are my innards to blame?

Anonymous Coward's picture

Hello Everyone...Guys and Girls...I'm 25 years old. I suffer from constipation. I've been constipated ever since year 2000. I've seen the doctor...many, many doctors. They can't find anything wrong with me. My problem is...I'm constipated with a very soft and sticky stool that doesn't want to come out. It take me forever in the bathroom. The stool comes out sticky and stinky like a mother-fucker. I can't just wipe it off with toilet paper -I have to wash my ass with soap or else it will leave a after smell if you get my drift...I'm tried of seeing the doctor...All they ever think about is having their nurse finger me in the ass or refer me to a gastro-doctor to shove his 4 inch camera up my ass...AND NO!!! IT'S NOT ENJOYABLE. If anyone with the same symptom please reply back. I'm sure in a hurry to get out of this shit hole. Thanks=)

daphne's picture
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Start eating more fiber. Metamucil, whatever. You are in need of more fiber.

What is your diet like?

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

.....hugging bunnies since 1969

SamDamnit's picture
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In England, "flat poop" is when some one shits in your apartment. Or was that "flat scat"?
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healthy 1's picture
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Ok, AC (9/27/06). I had the constipation with sticky poo, when I was under alot of stress. I recommend that you look into a colon cleanser. My prefferances are Dr.Natura, or Sonne #7. It will take a few weeks after the end of the treatment, before the sticky poo goes away.

Flat poo. Maybee your colon is part steamroller.

Seriously, if the flat poo problem persists, I would absolutley see a doctor. It can be a precurser to a more serious condition. Good luck, I wish you the best.
Jammin' lo'flo's since 1977.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm also having soft, sticky poo that stinks really bad. :( help!

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Poop is supposed to stink, dear.

The soft and sticky is better than hard and rocky.

I suggest more fiber, like fresh veggies and whole grains.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm usually a normal dookie taker with no problems. Lately I've been having all kinds of problems. Reoccuring UTI infections, hemmeroids, and pencil like poops. I feel bloated and like I have to go but nothing wants to come out besides these thin dookies. What is going on, someone have any information for me please?

run4restrun's picture

I started LMAO when I first found this site. Poonurse, can u give me an objective opinion. I have been having problems with my poop, flat, black, extreme cramping sometimes (don't go often enough). But I also have autoimmune symptoms (feel worse than ever), suspected lupus and fibromyalgia but not definitive. I'm 47 female with history of stroke (19), precancerous cells, and polyps. I feel like something is seriously wrong as I felt before the stoke at 19 but doctors can be idiots-which I know you understand as a nurse. I'm a mental health case manager and know it's so much more than depression but that comes with the territory when u feel like shit! What specific tests do u recommend for possible colonrectal cancer? Can typical blood tests, i.e. CBC show signs of cancer? Thanks so much for your input!!

Anonymous Coward's picture

Flat Poop expert, here. I started having flat poop about 7 years ago... The doctor didn't seem alarmed about it even though he found colon cancer. I had a resection (removal of the right side) This is the side that is up stream from the bung hole. No spreading of the cancer was detected and I received no further treatment for it. My poop is still flat most of the time and I attribute it to a change in the poop muscle as well. Oh, on the constipation guy/gal.... dring an extra quart of water in the afternoon...each day.


Anonymous Coward's picture

Love this site. I've recently had surgery for a bowel obstruction and I'm now experiencing flat poop, bloating and constipation. I was at at the dr.'s office last week ... Glycolax was prescribed. Did not help.

Anonymous Coward's picture

anyone ever think it might just be an internal hemorrhoid.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have to dig out my shit,sometimes hard, often soft and sticky, with my fingers. rarely I have an almost normal bm except it is not complete, and I have to remove fecal matter of all kinds of consistencies with my fingers. I feel like a freak. had a colonoscopy, told colon in normal, except for a bit weak anal muscles and lack of neural sensitivity in rectum. My social life is zero. I am gassy and mucus comes out of my anus, sometimes with soft fecal matter. It is never normal- years since I had a normal bm. I can't even remember. I am 46. any ideas?

UK Tad's picture

My poop has been flat for the last 3 months. Also about 2 months ago I was getting temedous amounts of wind (unusually smelly) and stomach cramps which caused me to go to the docs. The doc didn't seem concerned about the flat poop but put me on some tablets (Mebeverine) for the stomach cramps and wind treating it as irritable bowel syndrome. The pain and wind has now pretty much gone but the flat poop is still there (even when I went for the first time in 3 days). When I am 'well' constipation has always been pretty normal for me. I think if the flat poop carries on for another couple of months I go back to the doc again.

Anonymous Coward's picture

my poop went flat, love your website, i'm goin' to the doctor's...galen

sir bob's picture

some reason my poop looks like its been manufactured flat poop, not really dark, and i don't know how bright poop can get but it sure isn't yellow. it looks like a normal one just flat, and perfectly cut.

Daughter of Christ's picture

I think we should all pray to God about our sitations and for each other. He is the healer of anything and there is nothing that he can't do...even poop problems. Try calling out to him for healing. Father God, I just pray for everyone on this website looking for answers Lord God. I pray that we may be healed in Jesus name. I pray that these doctors find what our problems are and that you are awesome God and can heal us. We praise you and ask this in Jesus name we pray, AMEN! God bless you all! :)

Anonymous Coward's picture

I had an attack of Diverticulitus last September. I have most of my life dealt with constipation. My poop until recently was flat and sometimes regular colored and sometimes more on the yellow side. Lately I have been using Colon Cleanse with 100% pure psyllium husk and I love it. Sometimes the stool is very round and very long and then oddly enough, the second one of the morning is back to being skimpy and flat....I don't have insurance and heard that the colonoscopy can be very expensive...Am I on the right track here?

ashley's picture


i have a question i have two rabbits and they poop like carzy but it gets stuck to there fur how do i get it off?

GottaGoGirl's picture
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Ashley, that shouldn't be a problem; when Bilgepump pops them into the boiling water in the stockpot, the poop will wash right off.
Hey! Don't touch my wenis!

Thomas Greenwood's picture

So here's my deal. I went on zoloft a few years back this was only for seven or eight months. When I went on my poop got weird. When I came off it got weird again.

Now for the last year it has been very soft. It makes streaks on the toilet. Lately it has been very stinky at times as has been my gas. And let me tell you I have been having an insane amount of gas. I feel that the consumption of tomato products and spices don't help the gas. I almost never have a stool that doesn't stain the toilet on the way down.

My muscles have ached a bit lately too but I have been walking three miles a day.

I'm frightened of the doc.


Frank2401's picture
l 100+ points

__To Thomas, currently on zoloft. When I first started it, had the same thing happen,- a monsterous amount of gas and changing poop consistency, finally went away. Personally, after eating "fat free" potato chips or doritos (with olean no fat cooking oil?), the toilet is stained from the poop I had - just plain discusting! Drinking too much alcohol can cause poops that streak. "Crystal light sugar free hard candies" and "sugar free" icebreaker sours cause me monster gas and VERY INSANE poops. I switched back to regular chips and real candy with all the sugar. Metamucil works great for me. Hope this helps and don't be afraid of the docs! _____
A fart is the lonely cry of an imprisoned turd.

poopin problem's picture

since my partial hys. my poop has been flat,six months later,got the runs BAD,with pain in my left side, had colonoscopy,dr. told me [GOD MUST HAVE MADE YOU THAT WAY]right, you bet, dont have the runs to much anymore,although i still have bouts still,i still have that pain an getting worse,an pushing on nerves on my back,dont really want to go back to dr. with this problem,they may tell me again that god must have made you that way,sometimes i dont think drs. really listen,it really hurts,help, problems poopin,

Holy Hemorrhoids!'s picture

Just wanted to contribute my flat poop experience. For the past week or so I have been having flat poop. There was alot of pain (felt like passing glass) and sometimes it had streaks of blood on it and when I cleaned myself there was ALOT of blood on the toilet tissue! Kinda freaked me out, so I finally went to the doctor. He put on a glove and felt around in my poop chute and said I have a bad case of internal hemorrhoids. He told me to use Anusol suppositories, to use medicated wipes after each bowel movement, and also put me on a prescription laxative called Glycolax to make the poop softer & cause less pain when it's coming out. It's been a coupld of days now and the pain is a little better, but my poop is still flat and I still have some blood. After reading some of the stories on here I'm thinking I should have also asked for a colonoscopy just to be safe. I am almost 38 years old.

Frankensteena's picture

I've had cuboidal shits before (long dirt snakes with 90 degree angles, much like a squooshed piece of modeling clay). Is this normal?

Anonymous Coward's picture

poop is gross like totally that is why i hold it in.

Bilgepump's picture
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A.C from 8/7/2007...your comment was like gross totally and I wish you had held it in.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

I've notice a groove about an 1/8" in my stool. It's ben happening for about 8 months now and the groove is always there....I've also noticed that my stool is a lot thinner these days. I've been having mild stomach cramps every day as well! I know I should go to the doctors but I'm afraid he's going to give me bad news. As time goes by I am more and more afraid of what can be causing this...has anyone else had symptoms like mine?

Anonymous Coward's picture

First off my father died of colon cancer and my
mother has diverticulitis. Second I had the
colonoscopy 5 yrs ago and had a polyp removed.
Third my next test was normal 2 yrs later. I
am not scheduled for another test until next yr
and I called about my FLAT POOP and was told
it could be normal but to come in and see the
GI doc and maybe have the test sooner. Fourth,
I have a long history of IB. Also, a long
history of a herniated disk in my low back,
anterior. Since I quit all pain meds, the
constipation has ceased and my poop has been
like after every meal. I also had my gallbladder out yrs ago. My anal muscles
have trouble in that I have to strain to go
unless I drink a quart of SUPER strong
coffee and then bingo out it comes. BUT,
lately, my non-diarrhea poop is flat. I
also have explosions. But usually just flat
poop after every meal that takes forever to
clean - like peanutbutter. I sometimes go
10 times a day.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Guys, does the flat poop comes out with every poop? Or does the flat ones come out occassionally?

RoboCrap13's picture
l 100+ points

Why are turds pointed at the ends?
So your asshole doesn't slam shut and wake the neighbors!

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

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

musicalfruit's picture

well, I have had all sorts of poop for the last two years. but to answer your question AC, I have a "normal" poo and then a flat poo. they are soft so I guess it is because of the anal muscle. I was really freaked out until I found this site. so thanks to all you folks that dont mind talking about the unmentionable. haha.
Last year I went on a raw vegan diet and pooped like 10 times a day! it was awful, who has that kind of time? it was thin and I was scared. then nothing. constipated.
so I started to take digestive enzymes and acidopholous with every meal and things normalized, but the flat poop scared me a little. I thought I might have a blockage or parasites or some other disgusting thing.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

"MusicalFruit" is also an excellent moniker!

My condolences on the vegan thing.

Miss Simone Scat's picture
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GGG,(4.22.2007 post) I thought it was cats Bilgey used? I see he uses other furry animals too.
Producing waste since 1967

Producing waste since 1967

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