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How long can you go without pooping

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Bowel movements: Frequency of bowel movements vary greatly from several times a day to just once weekly. What's most important is non-liquid stool that doesn't require... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hanna
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Regular Regeime: Important to have a regular regiems of defecation. Suggest you try to find some time after breakfast sitting for a bit to allow the colon and rectum... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Loss of water: Colon absorbs water from stool and it if sits in the colon it will get dehydrated and hard. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetab... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
That's it's job: The primary roles of the large intestines is water extraction & storage. If you don't empty often enough your stool will always be dryer & peb... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Poop: Your child may have a problem passing a hard stool and now he associates going to the bathroom with pain. He will need to be retrained. Speak to your ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See doctor: You need to consult a GI specialist to find out what is going on with your bowel since it appears that you may have an inflammatory bowel disease or m... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
ECP: I am not sure what the concern is. An oral emergency contraceptive should be taken as soon after the episode of sexual intercourse as possible for m... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Hemorrhoids : Please get it checked by the physician to confirm the diagnosis.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Sperm can only survive up to 5 days in a supportive environment. The rectum/large intestine is not designed to maintain sperm. If anything they would ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Abcess: Perianal abscesses or boils are quite uncomfortable for several days and I would postpone any travel plans until you are free from pain, drainage and ... Read More

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