There is no denying the fact that everyone poops, but there are many awkward situations, which prompt us to withhold and develop some odd holding habits. Conditions, which highly contribute to our weird holding habits, may be the super awkwardness to go to the office or a friends place, at a hot date or people with dirty toilet phobia.
The idea of holding in poop is not the best of plans and can lead to a series of events, which if not dealt with, can even result in death. To be honest, we have all wondered about this before, and we’ve got the answers you’re looking for! Following are the things that take place in your body when you hold in poop.
Poop is a mixture of waste material and bacteria, which gets pushed into a BLT sandwich because of your body’s digestive juices and peristalsis movements. We normally get the urge to poop when the stool hits part of our rectum. It’s also a way of our body to send signals to the brain so that it gets rid of the harmful toxins by unloading.
It’s quite understood and logical that it’s never a good idea to keep the waste material and bacteria in one place, nevertheless trapped in your own body. It may lead to the very first step – Chronic Constipation. When a person tries to hold in poop against his body’s wishes, then he has to apply pressure on the voluntary sphincters, increasing pressure on the body, resulting in Chronic Constipation and intense pain.
Normally, chronic constipation is followed by bloating. A person who intentionally holds his poop will feel intense pain due to bloating. Yes! You have heard it right. When you hold in your poop, It gets sent back to the rectum where it absorbs water and gets hard.
When it gets hard, it just stays there until you decide to poop. Bloating can cause severe colon damage due to the effort and strain of working against the natural flow of the body.
Ever wondered what might be the worst-case scenario when you hold in your poop and work against the natural flow of your body? Here it is. When you put pressure on the body, it will start working against you. Normally, the Sphincter muscles relax and work as required by normal human physiological functioning, but if we hold in poop for more than a few hours, and then the muscles that aid in digestion and excretion are damaged.
You will suffer from severe muscle dysfunction, and the muscle may not work as efficiently as before or sometimes not work at all! Dr. Victor Yawksky says:
“Withholding your poop can cause severe damage; a person who engages in withholding his poop for long periods can get distended bowels and problems with normal stooling shortly.”
Colon damage and distended bowels
Want to know what’s next? Even after all these stages, someone still manages to withhold his poop then the poop will get harder and harder and will reach a point to where it will put pressure against the bowels. The body will feel the hang and pressure of it all, one may have to use serious laxatives, and fibers to restore normal bowel function after this.
If the poop is withheld for longer periods, then the Colon is severely damaged, and one can feel acute pain and pressure against the bowels. One might also need surgery after an impacted bowel, and if It’s still not treated, then the toxic mega colon can cause the colon to expand, dilate, and distend.
The colon is unable to remove gas or feces from the body and it ruptures. Rupture of your colon is a life-threatening condition and may lead to death.
Regularly emptying your bowels is pretty much a prerequisite for your good health. If the bowel enlarges because of withholding your poop, then it may need surgery. If a surgical option isn’t taken, then the poop hardens and clogged inside. Resulting in your bowels getting enlarged and ending up pushing against other organs.
When bowels push up against the organs, then they can cause many serious infections and if not treated urgently, can cause heart attack, internal bleeding or organ failure. The surgery includes bowel-resected surgery.
Slow metabolic rate
Regular withholding of poop can result in a decline of muscle activity, which results in a slow metabolic rate of the body. When the body keeps suffering from damage and the body keeps outsourcing different natural metabolic ways, then the physiological effects on the body can be immense and cause many changes in the metabolic pathways.
If you are the kind to hold your poop, then your body keeps on taking hits and suffers one way or another.
During digestion, the walls of your intestines absorb nutrients from the food. After the process, whatever that remains passes along to the colon and rectum. When a person ignores regular fecal defecation and keeps withholding this poop, the waste becomes stuck in the colon. It is known as fecal impaction of the colon.
When you have an impacted colon, your feces become dry and won’t budge, making it impossible to excrete them from your body. Impacted feces block the way for new waste to leave the body, causing it to back up.
Food digestive problems
“Even though the probability of stool withholding dwindles as you age, you should still be on the lookout for regular constipation, especially if your new schedule is deviating from your norm.” Everyone is different, and once a person enters the teenage years or adulthood, they gain a sense of their excretory schedule where they know when something is wrong or not going according to schedule.
If a person withholds their poops and doesn’t maintain a constant excretory flow, then they will start encountering digestive problems, and these things will further give rise to new, more chronic digestive problems in the body. If the rate of excretion is slow and often withheld, then the body will somehow start working in reverse or make cuts, which will result in slow or inadequate digestive, metabolic efficiency.
There are many metabolic changes taking place in the body, which is against the natural order or natural flow. These are followed by such effects, which can affect the body in many ways and cause some severe damage to it. One of them is being Cancer. If a person keeps on withholding poop and ignores the natural rhythm of order, then it can change things.
If a person doesn’t excrete and bowels get infected from time to time, then the clogged poop can end up damaging sensitive areas of the body which can carry on the infection forward and mutate into a form of digestive cancer. Infection frequently targets such sensitive areas, and any mutation can lead to cancer, which is fatal, and life threatening.
Ultimately, not going through or delaying an important activity such as excretion can have destructive consequences. Every cell in our body produces a waste product, that waste product is then collected, transformed into a less toxic matter and then slabbed like a sandwich and passed throughout our body. When this process is put on hold, then the number of toxic materials in our body will increase, and we will eventually end up dead because we did not excrete them out.
It’s best for us to accord with a specific schedule and take note of the process of excretion and report to a doctor if there is anything wrong found or going on. Some people go once a day, others go two or three times a day, and some people go every three or four days. If your routine changes, then it’s time to see a doctor.