When Am I Done Pooping?


Sorry I’m late, I was…

Well, do you ever wonder “When I am “done” pooping?”

That’s a normal question, right?

Well, Poo Dr. has some answers.

A feeling of incomplete pooping — like you pooped but feel like there’s “leftovers” that won’t come out — could be because of something like IBS or motility dysfunction – which is a problem with the muscles in your digestive tract.

Here’s my top 3 tips for complete and enjoyable poops.

First, get on a proper poo schedule.

Trying to go at around the same time every day can be a big help to your physiology.

Second, don’t check out of the process completely.

If you’re using your poo time for Facebook browsing, then you might be depriving your body of its ability to do what it came there to do.

Finally, make sure you are not deficient in a little-known super nutrient to make all your poops complete and marching on out of there like a perfect end to… a perfect end.


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“I feel like I sit on the toilet so long, Doctor; how do I know when I’m done pooping?”

We all have trouble pooping at times and may even joke about it. But having incomplete bowel movements is no laughing matter. It can be frustrating and painful. And it can cause a LOT of distress. A change in poop habits can also be a sign of a serious condition.

What is an incomplete bowel movement?

An incomplete bowel movement or incomplete evacuation is a feeling you’re not done pooping. This can happen if the rectum has not been emptied, of course. But the urge to poop can persist even after the bowels are cleared. Why does this occur?

How the bowels work

The bowels refer to the small and large intestines tasked with digestion and elimination. They are the largest part of your gut. The length of the small intestine is between 10 feet to more than 16 feet, and the length of the large intestine is about 5 feet.1, 2

When you eat, muscle contractions move food down your throat and into your stomach, which turns it into a liquid mixture. The stomach then sends it to your small intestine, which helps digest and absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.

After the small intestine finishes its job, it sends semi-liquid undigested food to the large intestine (colon). The colon absorbs most of the water, thus turning waste into a solid stool.

Then it transports the waste to the sigmoid colon, which leads into the rectum. Waste in the sigmoid colon triggers reflexes that give you the urge to poop. After pooping, the urge to do number 2  subsides. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. But many people don’t know when they’re done pooping because the urge hasn’t gone away. In addition, they may not know how long a normal poop is supposed to take.

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How long does a normal poop take?

The time it takes for food to travel through your digestive system and leave your body as stool can take between 18 to 48 hours. But that’s very general. It can take more than 72 hours if you’re constipated.3

Whether you have regular complete poops depends upon the amount of fluids in your gut and the bulk of its contents. Further, having strong intestinal muscle movement is also crucial to digestive health and stool elimination.4

But how long should it take to poop once you sit down on the toilet?

According to Dr. Michael A. Valente, a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, the answer is “a few minutes.”5 This depends upon the amount of fiber and water in your diet, of course.  And it also assumes you don’t have a bowel disease or other issues.  More about that in a minute.

Causes of incomplete bowel movements

There are many reasons you may feel like you haven’t emptied your bowels. Let’s discuss a few of them.


Constipation makes passing stool difficult usually because the feces is too dry, hard, and rough.

This is a common complaint. In fact, around 4 million people in the U.S. suffer from constipation. 6

Symptoms include:

  • Having fewer than 3 bowel movements per week
  • Pooping small hard stool
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Straining to poop
  • Lower abdominal pain

Constipation is often caused by eating low-fiber foods and other factors. But it has also been linked with medication and disease states, such as colon cancer or irritable bowel syndrome.


Diarrhea, a condition in which your poop is in liquid form, is also very common. There are around 179 million cases of acute diarrhea in the U.S. each year. It often clears up on its own in one or two days. But if it lasts more than a couple of weeks, it can be a sign of a health problem. 7

Causes include:

  • Viruses
  • Bacterial infections, such as E. coli and Salmonella
  • Digestive disorders
  • Intestinal disease, i.e. Crohn’s disease
  • Tumors
  • Medication
  • Lactose intolerance
  • And more.

There is no doubt that diarrhea empties the bowels, yet many people still feel the urge to poop long after they’re finished in the bathroom. 8 Experts aren’t sure of the reason for this feeling, though they think it may involve nerve or motor function of the rectum.


Hemorrhoids are swollen veins occurring in your anus or lower rectum. About 4.4 percent of people worldwide will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, though this condition often goes unnoticed and unreported. 9

Symptoms include:

  • Itching in or around the anus
  • Pain inside or around the anus
  • Pain while pooping
  • Blood in the stool

Hemorrhoids are often so painful that you may try to pass as little stool as possible, which leads to incomplete evacuation.

Bowel disease

Many types of bowel disease can cause incomplete evacuation, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is very common. In 2015, an estimated 3 million U.S. adults were diagnosed with IBD. 10 IBD involves chronic inflammation of the digestive tract with symptoms that remain constant or go away and then return from time to time. Consequently, the person may feel like they’ve not finished pooping even if their bowels are empty. In some cases, however, IBD can even prevent emptying the bowels fully.

Colon or rectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer, not counting skin cancer. It’s also one of the most deadly types of cancer.11

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition afflicting as many as 45 million people in the U.S. 12 Because it affects the large intestine, it can cause changes in pooping habits. Symptoms may include both constipation and diarrhea. Those with IBS often have problems passing stool, which can lead to incomplete evacuation.

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Treatment for incomplete evacuation

Below are a few methods for treating incomplete evacuation. If you notice any changes in your bathroom habits, however, always seek the advice of your health care provider.

Eat more high-fiber foods. Fiber adds bulk to stool, which can make stool easier to pass for those with constipation. But it can also firm up a runny stool, and this will help relieve diarrhea. How much fiber is enough? Research suggests women should eat 21-25 grams of fiber per day and men should eat 30-38.13 If you’re used to eating a low-fiber diet, add more fibrous foods slowly to your diet. Otherwise, you may suffer abdominal pain, gas, and bloating.

Drink more fluids. Your body needs enough fluids to maintain health, of course. But it’s especially important for your digestive tract. Fiber absorbs fluids, helping to bulk up your stool. For best results, try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids per day. To reduce bathroom problems, choose caffeine-free beverages as often as possible. Caffeine depletes fluids from your body, which is not good for your bowels.

Get more exercise. Research shows that regular exercise is crucial for intestinal health, and it’s especially good for constipation. Numerous studies show an association between inactivity and constipation.14 It doesn’t take a lot of exercising to have a positive effect, either. Start walking a few times a day, just 10-15 minutes to start. After you’re comfortable with that, gradually increase the time and/or intensity.

See your doctor regularly. Having regular medical checkups could help your doctor find little problems before they turn serious. In addition, always call your doctor if you have any pooping issues. As the saying goes: “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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1- Collins JT, Nguyen A, Badireddy M. Anatomy, Abdomen and Pelvis, Small Intestine. [Updated 2020 Aug 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459366/2- Azzouz LL, Sharma S. Physiology, Large Intestine. [Updated 2020 Jul 27]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507857/

3- Dr. Chris. Bowel Emptying Process and Problems. HealthHype.com. Accessed Mar 7, 2021. https://www.healthhype.com/bowel-emptying-process-and-problems.html#:~:text=The%20lower%20parts%20of%20the%20gut%20comprising%20the,processing%20all%20the%20food%20that%20has%20been%20consumed.

4- Dr. Chris. Bowel Emptying Process and Problems. HealthHype.com. Accessed Mar 7, 2021. https://www.healthhype.com/bowel-emptying-process-and-problems.html#:~:text=The%20lower%20parts%20of%20the%20gut%20comprising%20the,processing%20all%20the%20food%20that%20has%20been%20consumed.

5- Valente M. How Long Should It Take You to Have a Bowel Movement? The short answer from a colorectal surgeon. Cleveland Clinic. Aug 28, 2018. Accessed Mar 7, 2021. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-long-should-it-take-you-to-have-a-bowel-movement/

6- Sonnenberg A, Koch TR. Epidemiology of constipation in the United States. Dis Colon Rectum. 1989 Jan;32(1):1-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02554713. PMID: 2910654.

7- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Definition & Facts for Diarrhea. Nov 2016. Accessed mar 8, 2021. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/diarrhea/definition-facts

8- Bharucha AE, Seide BM, Zinsmeister AR, Melton LJ 3rd. Insights into normal and disordered bowel habits from bowel diaries. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2008 Mar;103(3):692-698. DOI: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2007.01631.x.

9- Robertson S. Epidemiology of Hemorrhoids. News Medical Life Sciences. Feb 26, 2019. Accessed Mar 8, 2021. https://www.news-medical.net/health/Epidemiology-of-Hemorrhoids.aspx#:~:text=Worldwide%2C%20the%20overall%20prevalence%20of%20hemorrhoids%20in%20the,of%20hemorrhoids%20and%20prevalence%20is%20not%20well%20documented.

10- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Prevalence (IBD) in the United States. CDC. Page last reviewed: Aug 11, 2020. Accessed Mar 8, 2021.


11- Cancer.org. Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer. Last Revised: Jan 12, 2021. Accessed Mar 8, 2021. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

12- About IBS International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. Facts About IBS. Last Updated: Nov 24, 2016. Accessed Mar 8, 2021. https://www.aboutibs.org/facts-about-ibs.html

13- American Heart Association. Whole Grains, Refined Grains, and Dietary Fiber. Last Reviewed: Sep 20, 2016. Accessed Mar 8, 2021. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/whole-grains-refined-grains-and-dietary-fiber#.WVVm4RMrIdU

14- Robinson J. Exercise to Ease Constipation. WebMD. Jun 17, 2020. Accessed Mar 8, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/exercise-curing-constipation-via-movement#:~:text=If%20you%20have%20constipation%2C%20exercise%20can%20help%20speed,key%20things%20that%20leads%20to%20constipation%20is%20inactivity.

What Are 7 types of poop?

  • Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (difficult to pass and can be black)
  • Type 2: Sausage-shaped but lumpy
  • Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface (can be black)
  • Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft (average stool)
  • Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
  • Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool (diarrhea)
  • Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid (diarrhea)

Types of poop encountered are categorized by the Bristol Stool Chart. This chart is a generalized indicator of how or why different types of poops look and feel a certain way. The 7 types of poop are broken up into categories based on a 2,000-person study!

Bristol Stool Scale

Does your poo look this good? If you have Bristol Type 3 or 4 – your poop is considered “normal”!  Bristol Type 1 or 2, is where the poop is hard and difficult to pass, are indicative of constipation. Often, these types of stool can be painful to pass – but don’t worry – Doctor Poo has a recommended healthy-gut switch solution…just keep reading!

 Should you ever worry about your poop?

Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about what your poop means. People are asked to call their healthcare providers if: They experience severe levels of abdominal pain or discomfort with diarrhea that does not go away when they poop or fart. Also, if diarrhea is accompanied by a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills, vomiting, or fainting, call your physician immediately.

What is unhealthy poop?

An unhealthy poop is when one poops too often (hence, your doctor asking you if you poop more than three times daily) or not poops often enough (As such, less than three times a week) and also excessive straining when pooping. Poop that is colored red, black, green, yellow, or white. greasy or fatty stools are unhealthy.

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