Why do I cry when I poop?

Why do I cry when I poop?

Everyone poops. But not everyone talks about exactly what's going on in the bathroom while you poop. Because that's why you might be a little anxious when you notice yours


Everyone poops. But not everyone talks exactly about what's going on in the bathroom while you poop.

That's why you may feel a little anxious when you notice that your eyes are watering when you have a bowel movement, as if you were crying - especially with no apparent pain or emotion that is making your eyes water.

But believe it or not, there are entire communities of people on forums and on sites like Reddit who have experienced the same thing.

However, it is important to note that it is not okay for you to really scream in pain due to a bowel movement. This article is about involuntarily watering the eyes without pain. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if the bowel movement is causing you severe pain.

There's a science behind why some of us get watery eyes when we poop. Let's examine why this can happen, whether it is normal, and what to do about it if you think this indicates an underlying problem.

Why this could happen

There isn't necessarily a single cause for your tears. But researchers, doctors, and ordinary people who sit on the toilet and think all have theories.

Intra-abdominal pressure

One common theory is that intra-abdominal pressure is the culprit. When your abs flex and tone to push poop out of your colon, they set print on the organs and membranes around them.

This print, along with your regular one breathingcan put strain on the nerves and blood vessels that line the abdomen, causing tears.

This can happen even if you feel no pain: Abdominal pressure can also increase the pressure in your head and cause tears to come out as the tear glands are also squeezed together by the pressure on your head.

This can also be due to what are known as primary stress headaches. It can happen when you put weight on your abs. This also puts strain on the upper body muscles in the head and neck.

Vagus nerve

Some researchers also believe that the reason your eyes water when you poop may have something to do with your vagus nerve and its location in your body. It runs from your belly to your head, what is called "Brain-gut axis.”

The vagus nerve is an important cranial nerve that sends signals from the intestines to the brain and back. The vagus nerve has two main functions: sensory (feeling) and motor (muscle movement).

In addition to controlling feelings in areas around your head, the vagus nerve also helps get muscles in your throat, heart, and stomach, including your bowel muscles, moving.

So researchers believe that when you strain and put pressure on the intestinal muscles and vagus nerve, when you pass the stool to your brain, you're sending signals of both strain and relief.

This can have two effects. The first is that the stress of pressing sends a signal to your brain that can stimulate nerve responses like goose bumps and other muscle signals that control your heart rate.

The other is an effect known as a "poo-phoria". This is the name for feelings of almost literal arousal that you get when changes in the shape of your rectum press on your vagus nerve, giving you a sense of satisfaction.

This has likely to do with the lowered heart rate and blood pressure that occur when the vagus nerve is stimulated while pooping.

It is normal?

It's perfectly normal for your eyes to water while pooping (with some caveats - more on that in a moment).

There are many complex interactions between nerves, muscles, and blood vessels between your intestines and your head while you are on the toilet. Complex reactions can also occur.

There are no exact numbers on how many people experience this when they poop. However, there is no evidence that an accidental crack in the toilet poses any problems.

If it could be a problem

You may have a problem that needs medical attention if your eyes water while you poop and you notice something else unusual about your poop, including:

  • Feel intense or sharp pain when pooping
  • with black or discolored feces
  • See blood in your poop
  • poop less than once every 2 weeks
  • You notice unusual swelling in your bowels
  • Feeling full even when you are not eating
  • with constant gas
  • having unusual episodes of heartburn or acid reflux

How to have healthy poop

Here are some tips on how to keep your bowel movements healthy and regular so that you don't have to strain yourself to poop:

Reduce the amount of stomach irritants you consume

Caffeine, dairy products, alcohol, and other irritants can cause diarrhea. This can interfere with your normal bowel movements and create stress as you move from diarrhea to constipation.

Drink water all day

Aim for at least 64 ounces of water a day to keep your body hydrated. Add some fluids that contain electrolytes. Increase the amount of water you drink when it's hot, especially when you're active, to replenish lost fluids.

Eat lots of fiber with every meal

Consume approximately 25 to 38 grams of fiber per day. Having a healthy amount of fiber in your diet will help your poop get through your colon more easily and will lock up your poop so it's easier to pass through with no effort.

However, don't add too much new fiber at once as this can lead to constipation. Gradually increase your fiber intake, one serving at a time, every few days or once a week.

Some good fiber foods include:

  • Nuts like pistachios and almonds
  • Whole Wheat Breads
  • Fruits like strawberries and blueberries
  • Vegetables like broccoli and carrots

Exercise for 15 to 20 minutes a day

Regular physical activity can help move your stool and increase muscle strength so that you don't have to exert yourself as much as you poop.

Go poop as soon as you feel the need to

Holding your poop for too long can dry it out and get it stuck, making it difficult to squeeze out.

Poop regularly

Even if you don't feel like pooping, you may be surprised if you take the time to sit down and leave. Pooping at the same time each day can help get your bowels into a regular rhythm.

Adjust how you sit on the toilet seat

Just sitting in a normal upright position and keeping your feet flat on the floor won't help your poop come out.

Raise your legs so your knees are higher than usual, or raise your legs with a squatty potty. This can help make it easier for poop to move out of your colon.

Reduce Your Stress

Stress and anxiety can cause constipation. So incorporate relaxing, stress-relieving activities into your everyday life. To attempt:

  • Practice meditation
  • listening to soothing music
  • Breathing exercises

The final result

If your eyes are watering when you poop, it's no big deal - as long as there's no pain or other issues related to your bowel movements.

Contact your doctor if you experience pain or discomfort while pooping. Any type of persistent bowel pain or frequent pooping issues can indicate an underlying problem that needs treatment.

If you're having trouble pooping without pain, try some lifestyle changes to get your poop moving more easily. More frequent pooping can have unexpected positive effects on your mood and health.