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What Causes a Person to Shart—and How to Make Sure It Never Happens to You
You’ve probably LOLed at the term “sharting” before. (For the uninitiated, the word is a combination of sh*t and fart, and it happens when you involuntary poop when you’re trying to pass gas.) Cards Against Humanity even has a card that reads, “When you fart and a little bit comes out.” It’s funny because it’s true. Hey, we’ve all been there...er, right?
Apparently, sharting happens because most of us still haven’t mastered the fine art of emptying our bowels. “The most common cause is incomplete evacuation of stool,” says Elana Maser, M.D., assistant professor of gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “If the bowel is holding on to too much stool, some may slip out when flatus (air) is passed.”
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If it occurs once in a blue moon, then it's not a big deal, says Maser. But you can make it even less frequent (i.e. never) if every time you sit on the pot, you make sure to completely evacuate your bowels, she says.
You shouldn’t feel like something’s left in there. If you do, sit a little bit longer. Bring a magazine, and hang out for a while. “Perhaps that is something we can learn from men,” says Maser.
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But what does it mean if you’re sharting on the regular? If you can remember more than a couple of slip-ups in the last year, it could be a sign that something’s wrong with your pooper, says Maser. That could be anything as annoying but benign as irritable bowel syndrome or lactose or fructose intolerance, which can all cause diarrhea and up your chances of oops poops, to conditions such as ulcerative proctitis, rectal polyps, hemorrhoids, or cancer. However, those usually cause rectal bleeding as well, so if it’s just gas and poop coming out of your hiney, you probably don’t have cause for major concern, she says.
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