little white balls in my poop

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Becca asks:

When I take a poop there are these little off-white round things that I see on the paper as well as in the toilet. What could this be? I have had this for over a month.

Dear Becca,

Let's look at this logically, shall we?

Anytime one has little white things coming out of one's butt and one is sure that it isn't just cheap toilet paper balls, one should go to the doctor (preferably with the aforementioned little white things in a jar) LONG befoe writing to a website devoted to humorous poop stories.

But, that's just my opinion. Go get it checked out.

Thanks for asking Poonurse!


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.

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412 Comments on "little white balls in my poop"

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

Here's a tip, Becca. Stop eating Beanie Babies.

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

beavis's picture

shes probably eats alot of rice.

Jenn's picture

In response to the little white balls in your poo
We have been observing the same thing and finally found out it is from pill he is taking. If you taking any meds that are in a capsule open it up! We found they matched up. You can make sure to check with your doctor but we are sure this is it.

Sarah's picture
l 100+ points

i have these too, but the mediction i take isnt capsule form...what could it be from?

Kiddie's picture

Becca - Just wondering if YOU ever found out what this was. I started having the same thing, as well as a change in BMs, I'm going to the Dr. next week, but I was wondering what you may have found out.

Zoe's picture

Becca & Poonurse
I have been doing this for over 4 months and have gone to several doctors who sent samples off and no one can tell me what they are even the Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Austin, TX and Associated Regional University Pathologists in Salt Lake City, UT. Have you gotten any answers yet?

Dave C's picture

I've been finding little white balls too... I googled it and ended here :\

Poop Ponderer's picture

same here.. for months now. little white balls. calcium? i cleaned and examined one, and thats what it seemed like. tasted like candy. yay for google! (just kidding about the taste..)

Bilgepump's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Not attempting to frighten anyone, or accuse them of poor hygiene, but the "little white balls" may in fact be a sign of intestinal parasites.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

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

Like pinworms. Ew!

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

Anonymous Coward's picture

I started getting them last week, after I contracted a stomach virus. This is spooky.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I had the little shinny white balls in my stool also and FOUND THE PROBLEM, which wasn't a problem. It's a med I take "Tegretol XR". I noticed the pill looked like the little white ball, so I read the info that came with the med. This is it "The tablet coating of the Tegretol XR forumulation is not absorbed in the body and may be found in the stool". SO check your meds and see if that could be the situation!

Anonymous Coward's picture

The "white balls" are actually parasite eggs. Its okay. EVERYONE has parasites in their colon. That is good that they are coming out of you. If you take cloves you should see more. To get rid of the parasites you can do colon cleansing and take stuff like worm wood etc. Many people don't realize they have parasites, but is completely normal!-the GI specialist at UCLA

Dave's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Content Moderatora 10000+ points - Super Pooper

"Everyone has parasites in their colon" -- uhh, no. You're thinking of bacteria. I don't know what the little white balls are, but if they are parasite eggs, then to the doctor you should go.

Anonymous Coward's picture

you say off-white... could be tomato seeds, maybe?? ...they don't get digested

Anonymous Coward's picture

I had this problem, it was undigested supplements and prescription drugs. Why? Extremely slow digestion process. Mine was caused by auto-immune disorder, but just being sick or eating poorly or being gluten intolerant can cause the problem. You can buy HCL with Pepsin at health food stores. This is a supplement that will aid your digestive process. Take at least two per meal. Really works.

louise poo observer's picture

I too have found these and this was the only website i found to address the issue, so well done you. I have rtead the above and it could be the drugs i am taking too. Better out than in, I say.

Thanks alot Poo website.

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

Q: What do you see when you look between the legs of a moth?

A: Mothballs.

A gurl who needs info's picture

I had it just a few minutes ago! WAY~ Freaky!
I'm really scared.I saw it on the paper too! Actually it moved!It wiggled around. I feel sick now!

KeepOnCrappin's picture
k 500+ points

Me thinks its worms.

"KOC -- the Cool Crapper" - Rat Droppings

Poop Shooter's picture
k 500+ points

Good one Dumpster!!! oh...wait.... My friends at the gym nicknamed me moth. I guess that was not because I could move like a butterfly on the weight machines. P.S.

Poop Shooter!

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

...or sting like a bee?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I googled this too, after being worried about the possibility of the little white balls being parasite egges.
But actually I do take medicine in capsule form- the contents of which looks just like them.

In reference to the girl who found a little white wiggling thing. That is almost defintely a threadworm. Nasty to think of, and it freaked me out when I had it a few years ago. But don't panic, lots of people have them and the treatment is simple- just one tablet. Go to your doctor.

hepbegone's picture

What if the whole poop is white? All of it not just balls of white? Yikes am I dying of whiteness?????

SamDamnit's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Hepbegone, you need to stop eating old dog turds. The rest of you nasty people need to stop taking so many meds. You truly nasty people need to go to the doctor with your disgusting doo doo parasites. YUCKO!!!

Rectum Rector
The Church of Poop

The Emir of Crapistan

Anonymous Coward's picture

I was just wondering......poop was mainly for to flush down the toilet, but i heard very disturbingly that there are people out there in the world who actually eat poop of their own or someone elses because of curiosity or because they get paid to do it.

What happens when people do this? Do they get sick? Do they Die? Or is there no effet on them?

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

I saw something on TV last night to the effect that some 50,000,000 people in the world have tapeworms. The tapeworm's body is a series of virtually identical segments, and the ends break off and are excreted in the feces. So "little white balls in my poop" could certainly be symptomatic of a tapeworm.

Get thee to a doctor, stat!

Poop Shooter's picture
k 500+ points

EWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Dump, does this happen when you eat too much Scotch-Tape? I had a bad bout of Scotch Tape eating back in the early 70's and I don't remember any tapeworms in my poo. Maybe I just don't have the "earthy" innards to sustain a good ball of tape!

Have a Crappy Day!! Poop Shooter!

Poop Shooter!

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

The Scotch-tapeworm syndrome is not as well documented in the medical literature. You refer to an espisode in the 1970's; I think that the Duct-tapeworm is now a lot more common. It typically comes about after the victim's Significant Other gets tired of listening to him/her run off at the mouth. Problems with tape in the feces usually can be avoided by keeping the tape over your mouth where it belonged.

Poopy lady's picture

OMG my poop is dark brown with little white sesame seeds in it. It kinda looks like an ice cream with crushed nuts. Why are there white seeds in my poop? I am poor and do not have money to see a doctor. Please someone be my poop doctor.

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

PL, go to the public health department in your town. Shit in a clear plastic bag for several days before going, and take it with you. Leave the bag a little open so the smell can come out, or even better yet, have the bag a bit leaky. I promise you will be seen in record time.

"Say, has anybody seen my sweet Gypsy Rose Volcano?"

Just got the squirts :('s picture

I used to work as a vet nurse and have seen the tape worm thing on lots of cat arses, they look like little (moving) grains of rice.. yummy.
I know work as a radiographer and was involved in pulling a 15cm worm out of this dudes common bile duct a week ago. There not uncommon and a trip to the doc will fix you right up, and as most people have said, bring a sample :)

little boy's picture

yeah i've had little white balls in my feces for about a month now...they're not moving or anything and i don't take any medication.. my parents don't believe that I have worms but I remember in Biology class learning about worms and how some symptoms of having certain worms such as tapeworm can result in white balls in your feces. Should I go to a doctor?

Anonymous Coward's picture

PMSL this is the funniest thing ive read in awhile... cant say ive ever had balls in my shit *lucky me*, damn google... i was looking for answers as to why women shit and fart more when there on there period.... nevermind.. lol

Mucilios's picture

I have found these little balls recently too. The only thing I can think of that changed is that I started taking metamucil. BTW, the crapping has been awesome! Twice a day--almost no wiping needed except for going through the motions. Anyway, these little balls are roughly the size of peas, tan in color and they float. I took one out in some tp and tried to squish it but it was just sort of spongy and didn't burst or anything. As for the meds, I'm on Wellbutrin and Nexium but I can't say I've seen these things until the mucil started. I do eat lots of sushi though if thats any indication... Thanks for listening to all this crap. Any thoughts?

Alison in Chicago's picture

I've got the little white balls also. One medicine I am on does come in capsule form and had those little balls in it. It could be many things.
~I have noticed it statred right after I started to eliminate yeast out of my diet. Parasites in your body live off yeast and sugar so they could be dying off. if you are on a diet this does the same thing I would think.
~ I noticed there were a lot more of them when I was using a much-too-strong-for-me Colon cleanse. I've bought a gentler cleanse now.
~ You could do a parasite cleanse. They have them at Natural Food Stores. I bought one but am using the "First Cleanse" first.
~If it's anything wiggling you definitely have worms. Go see a doctor immediately.

Weird...'s picture

Allison I have something that sounds most similar to your issue. About 3 weeks ago I had bloody diarrhea for 3 weeks and had a colonoscopy done that showed some abnormal cell growth, during the cleansing process before the colonoscopy I found the first one of these hard, pea-sized yellowish balls. If I squeeze them they pop but don't have much inside. Recently I have seen a few more. I am on wellbutrin. This is weird!!

Mucilios's picture

You should save one the next time you find it--I know it sounds gross but this is too weird to ignore. I wonder if there is a Wellbutrin link--but I'm taking these little white solid pills that are smaller than the pea-things. Its actually wellbutrin 150 XL. Anyway, hope everything works out ok for you...

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Boy, am I glad I haven't eaten lunch before reading this thread! I won't have to fix lunch, because I can't eat, now. *gags*
"You polished up my low-flow, and I dirtied up your bowl!"

Anonymous Coward's picture

How do i get rid of worms?....can i buy stuff over the counter at drug stores? not going to the doctor im too scared

j's picture

i have recently had thin white, clear gel like things in my poop. it is freaking me out and i dont no what to do. what do you think it is? could it be by any chance from eating oatmeal? please help me.

Holy Crap's picture

I ALSO HAVE LITTLE WHITE BALLS IN MY POOP!!! I'm on Effexor XR and someone just suggested to me to open one of the capsules and examine the meds. I thought they were crazy until I have read some of your postings here!
Anyone out there that is still in the dark as to why this is happening, it could also be gall stones. Mine were not. An ultra-sound confirmed. Had a colonoscopy which was fine and I'm still waiting to get paraiste results back from the "sample" I gave. Thanks for your info!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I just started Atkins about a month ago. The sad result of too little fiber drove me to do Super Colon Cleanse. My poo def. has little white balls. I kinda thought maybe they were undigested fat (from bacon?) cause the turds with those in them were very floaty.

Balzy Poo's picture

To the person who mentioned Effexor, I have the same issue and am on the same medication. I opened up a capsule and did a side-by-side inspection -- looks like a match to me! Whew. Seriously though people, if I saw something crawling, my crumby bum would be on an exam table.

Buddy's picture

Did research because I have this issue too - mine are the smaller variety and not the pea-sized, and I am on Effexor XR. Seems like a pattern to me.

goooogggllleee!!'s picture

Ha! I'm on effexor too but figured it would be the slow release grains before getting here. What I wonder is if I'm not digesting my meds properly... maybe it's the wrong dose or maybe i'm missing out on the proper dose cause of bad digestion. Chicken or the egg.... funny dose=crazy=inspect poop! Any ideas appreciated!

Scaredtopoop's picture

Very strange. I also have tiny white round things on the TP after wiping. They remind me of tiny white eggs. I do not take effexor. I been having serious stomach and digestive issues lately. Lots of diarrhea filled with mucous. Stomach and abdominal cramps, nausea. I did provide a stool sample that was tested and was told I have a Strep B Digestive tract infection. After 3 weeks, I am on my second course of Antibiotics (BIAXIN) and just found 2 of the pills I took earlier in my diarrhea. I am still suffering and have all the symptoms except vomiting. WTF is going on here. Very paniced, frustrated.

wether watery, diarrhea or solid, there is always mucous attached to the poop. Does anyone else have this?

Poopasouras's picture

I think they are round worms, or tapeworm segments.
My cat has them, and they come out by the hundreds wherever she lies down.
They look like little sesame seeds.

cian's picture

i'm on effexor too and I have the little white things as well. at last, the problem is solved

Anonymous Fox's picture

Phew! Was beggining to be concerned - thought it was crap toilet paper. I'm on Effexor XR as well!!
BTW I too am wondering why women crap/poop more when they have their period!?!?!

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