4. Why Do I Find It Hard to Poop When I’m Traveling?
When on vacation, our pooping habits do tend to get a bit weird. It’s probably because life is different when you travel. What and when you eat might be different than your normal routine. The times of day you have bowel movements might be different due to your travel schedule. All of these factors could lead to constipation while travelling.
Your sleep patterns could have a lot to do with it, too. When your circadian rhythms are interrupted your digestive tract can react with constipation. If you’re having trouble pooping while on vacation, try getting better and more regular sleep.
3. Why Does Having Your Period Trigger More Pooping?
The scientific connection between periods and pooping is — you guessed it — hormonal. When you menstruate, your body releases hormones that can trigger your intestines to contract. Those hormones, called prostaglandins, are the same ones that stimulate the smooth muscle cells of the uterus to shed its lining, causing period blood to flow.
When you have produced more prostaglandins than needed for uterus stimulation, these excess hormones enter the bloodstream. As they move through the body, they can stimulate the smooth muscle cells of additional organs, including your bowels.
2. Why Did Having Surgery Change My Bowel Movements?
If you’re experiencing weird pooping habits after surgery, it’s probably because of post-surgery medications. Unless your surgery had something to do with your digestive tract, the meds are probably messing with your BM regularity. The science behind why is linked to whatever is in the meds you’ve been prescribed.
For example, some painkillers cause constipation. Opioid painkillers, in particular, can block the GI tract and prevent it from emptying properly. When opioids act on the GI tract, fluids in the tract are more quickly absorbed. This causes waste in the tract to harden and stop moving through.
1. Why Does Your Poop Float?
Actually, sometimes poop floats but often it doesn’t. If your poop floats now and then, that’s probably no cause for concern. If it floats often, and is very stinky when it does, you may have a GI tract infection that could require medical care. It’s also possible you’re not getting or absorbing enough nutrients.
A great way to learn about poop types (including those floaters) is to browse through the Bristol Stool Chart. Knowing how to identify types of poop by shape, color, etc. will help you and your doctor determine what they might indicate about your health.Related: 10 Foods That Help You Poop