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This Is Why You Have to Poop When You’re Nervous


Don’t you hate it when on top of feeling nervous and anxious, you also have the urge to poop? In a recent video, YouTuber, gastroenterologist, and Men’s Health columnist Dr. Sameer Islam, shares why you get nervous poops and what that says about your health.

Dr. Islam, who admits to dealing with nervous poops himself, reveals that the condition is a very common part of our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems that connects our brain with our gut. Thanks to the nerves in our digestive tract contracting rapidly when you’re nervous, you’re more likely to have the urge to poop.

“It is a normal response to a nervous reaction,” he says. “Whether it’s your anxiety, or speaking in front of a large group, it’s a very common problem that occurs.”

When this anxiety-induced poop becomes too much to handle, Dr. Islam aims to treat the anxiety first to help with the gut problems. “Whenever you’re anxious [in your head], it can manifest inside your GI tract,” says Dr. Islam. “So it’s very common to feel the urge to use the restroom whenever you’re nervous.”

Dr. Islam’s tips for beating nervous poops? Go poop when you have to, try an antidiarrheal medicine like Imodium to help calm your bowels, and lastly, and try to relax as much as you can, which can be easier said than done.

“Taking a deep breath, going for a walk, and getting outside that environment that’s making you stressful, will help you out with this as well,” he says. At the end of the day, nervous poops are nothing to stress over, they’re simply a part of life.

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