POOPING is a healthy part of our bodily functions, yet for some reason we're told from a young age it's shameful.
This has lead to some people experiencing anxiety around pooping anywhere which isn't their home.
But a doctor has highlighted the risks which come with holding in your poop.
Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan urged people to poop when they felt like they needed to.
"The more you deny yourself a trip to the toilet when you have the urge to unload your chocolate dump truck the more fluid is absorbed from the poo in the colon.
"This makes the poo dryer and harder so it sets like concrete," he explained.
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"The harder your poop is the more you need to strain which can cause hemorrhoids and the hard sharp stool can tear the tissue in the anus causing fissures.
What are hemorrhoids?
Piles is where you get swollen blood vessels just inside your bottom (anus) which form lumps. The medical term for piles is haemorrhoids.
If you notice any of these symptoms then you might have piles:
- Lumps around your bottom when you go to the toilet
- Pain where you poo
- Mucus coming out of your bottom
- Feeling like you still need to poo even after you have finished
- Bleeding from your bottom during or just after pooing
- Itching in your bottom
If you have a high fever with piles, or pus leaking from your bottom, you need medical attention right away.
"The resulting pain can leave you not wanting to go resulting in vicious poop cycle," he adds.
In the comments section, someone asked how you "fix" poop anxiety.
According to experts from Healthline, there are a range of things you can do to reduce your poop anxiety:
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- Remember that everyone poops. Try visualising someone you respect, such as a political figure or actor, pooping.
- Carry a small bottle of air purifier or sanitising spray with you to use when you need a public bathroom.
- Line the inside of the toilet bowl with toilet paper. This will help absorb some of the sound.
- Flush several times while pooping. This will disguise the sound and reduce the smell.
- Breathe deeply or do a short mindfulness meditation exercise if you feel the onset of anxiety symptoms.
NORMAL FOR YOU
When it comes to going for a number two, plenty of people aren’t really sure what’s normal.
Depending on your diet, age, and activity, regularity can mean anything from three bowel movements a day to three each week.
Keeping an eye on what's 'normal' for you though is crucial, as is being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.
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The Sun launched the No Time 2 Lose campaign in April 2018 – to call on the Government to lower the screening age to 50 and raise symptom awareness.
As a result people in their 50s started to be invited for screening last year.
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