Apparently, There's a Better Way to Poop


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Sorry, folks, but we're about to get a little TMI here. Let's all be honest, constipation really has the potential to ruin someone's otherwise perfectly good day. It can be caused by a variety of things, like a change in diet or physical activity level, or maybe you're dehydrated. Whatever the reason is, being constipated is pretty unpleasant. 

  • So what's a constipated person to do? A squatted position (with your hips flexed and feet elevated) might just be the most optimal (and natural) angle for easy pooping.

    The idea is that sitting flat on those dang Western toilets puts a kink in your colon, and therefore makes it hard to poop. Should we be missing the good ol' pre–modern toilet days when we would just do our business in an open hole in the ground in the middle of the woods? (The jury is out on that one.)

    "Defecating is actually really complicated, and involves a lot of nerves and muscles relaxing and moving," Michelle Cohen, a gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai in New York, told Thrillist.

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  • According to California-based gastroenterologist Ashkan Farhadi, squatting does increase the rectal canal angle by about 20 degrees.


    "When we increase the angle, the rectum opens up," he told Healthline. "When we want to have a bowel movement, we open the angle." 

    But on that note, he said that regular toilets also create an adequate angle for most. So basically, squatting could help with strain just based on the physiological aspects of squatting, but there's not a whole lot of scientific evidence against normal toilet-sitting. 

    Those who struggle with pooping because of hemorrhoids, colon disease, or pelvic floor issues will probably find squatting to be a big help, Cohen said. 

  • There are even step-stool devices out there to help out our stool release.

    Enter the Squatty Potty. The device itself is pretty simple and low-tech; it's literally just a five-inch- to nine-inch-tall sloped stool that puts you in the squat position over the toilet. 

    It was created by Robert Edwards in 2010 when his mother, Judy Edwards, had difficulty with her bowel movements. The Edwards family launched the first official website for the Squatty Potty in 2011, and continued to rake in the sales, even winning funding on Shark Tank.   

  • Although science is iffy on it, the Squatty Potty (and squat-pooping) has some diehard fans out there.

    On Amazon, the Squatty Potty has a 4.4 star rating with over 7,500 customer reviews. 

    "Changed my life ... I am Squatty-Potty dependent," one person wrote. "Everyone laughs at first, then they use it ... and they end up buying it! At least eight or nine of my friends have ordered one. One of the greatest inventions EVER!"

    "So if you have problems dropping a deuce ... this is AMAZING!" another wrote. "Seriously ... five minutes on ... and done! I used to have issues where it would take forever or my feet would start falling asleep, but not anymore! Worth every penny."

    You get the gist.

    In fact, some women out there herald the naturalness of squatting by saying the Squatty Potty is an effective tool for preparing themselves for labor
  • The Squatty Potty comes in a variety of styles, and costs around $17.80 to $60.


    Or if you aren't ready to throw down yet, you can always just stack some books or magazines as a makeshift step-stool.

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    Godspeed!

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