By Julie Andrews

    It’s been a big year for gender parity. We’re making major strides toward to a world where women are viewed as equal to men. Sorry, 1950s, but polio, poodle skirts and old-school societal views are OUT. Gender equality is IN. Only took a  few  years. Okay, a lot of years.

    After doing some research, we found that there is one area men and women may not be so equal. The bathroom.

    But how different are we when it comes to our poop? The answer may surprise you.

    First, let’s compare odors. Although most people think their shit doesn't stink, science again proves otherwise. Turns out there are differences in stool odors between men and women, says Edwin McDonald, MD, assistant professor of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago . That’s because poo is comprised mostly of bacteria that’s been living in the intestines, and the types of bacteria in the guts of men and women vary . “A stool’s smell depends on the types of bacteria living in the gut, as it’s the bacteria that converts foods we don’t digest well into gasses. Due to this variation in the types of bacteria, the types of gasses produced may also vary between men and women, and, as we all know, some gasses smell worse than others,” says Dr. McDonald.

    In general, for both sexes, the main factors contributing to how our stools smell are bacteria and malabsorption, or the inability of the gut to absorb certain foods, says Chad Gonzales, MD, a Utah-based gastroenterologist at Ogden Gastro . “Diets high in meats, dairy, garlic and cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage and kale, produce gas high in sulfur that tends to smell worse,” he says, “while medical conditions that contribute to poor absorption of nutrients, such as lactose intolerance, can also lead to gas, bloating and diarrhea.” Dr. Gonzales adds that medical conditions including Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, food allergies and carbohydrate intolerance can also cause foul-smelling stool, as well as taking certain meds, such as antibiotics.

    As for other differences in stools among the sexes, a recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, which assessed answers to poop questionnaires by adults in the U.S., found that women tend to have (or at least report) a wider range of poop consistencies than men based on the different types of stools characterized on the Bristol Stool Scale, says Dr. McDonald. The Bristol Stool Scale is a popular diagnostic medical tool that classifies human feces into seven categories based on shape, size and texture  “Researchers found that some women frequently had harder stools than men, whereas other women frequently had looser stools,” says Dr. McDonald, adding, “This is not surprising, since we know that estrogen may affect the colon’s motility.”

    In terms of having bowel movements, or the act of pooping itself, there are important anatomical and functional differences between the genders that may affect how women and men’s GI tracts work and how each sex goes, says Dr. Gonzales. “The differences are significant and probably cause things to work a little differently among men and women. For example, women have wider pelvises and extra internal organs—the uterus and ovaries—he says, while men have stronger muscle strength of the internal and external sphincter, or the circular muscle of the anal canal.” Due to the additional internal organs, female colon are slightly longer and hang a bit lower than those of males. These differences are noticeable during colonoscopies to the point that most gastro doctors who did not know a patient’s sex would be able to correctly guess after performing the exam. And because men’s abdominal walls are stiffer, guys can push food through the GI tract more readily (just one more way that as Tammy Wynette crooned, sometimes, it’s harder to be a woman). 

    Both doctors said they tend to see more women with complaints of constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome than men. This may be due to the fact that women have a higher likelihood of developing irritable bowel syndrome, a common gastrointestinal disorder, says Dr. McDonald, or, he adds, it may be that women are more likely to seek medical care for this and other health issues, in general, even though poo problems are likely just as embarrassing and uncomfortable for both sexes. Dr. Gonzales agrees. “Men, in my opinion, are more likely to consider their stools normal, whereas women are more likely to talk with their doctors about gas, bloating and foul-smelling stool.”

    So when it comes to whose poop is worse, it's really a toss-up. Something we can all agree on… everyone's shit stinks. 

    Who poops more male or female?
    The team concluded that women were more likely to experience "abnormal bowel habits" and constipation than men. In other words, women tend to have more bowel-related troubles than men do. So, if anything, it's women who should be spending more time in the bathroom. Related: Why is poop brown? more
    Do you poop on the poop deck?
    Although the phrase sounds quite amusing in English, the poop deck of a ship has nothing to do with poop. It was never used for any purpose relating to going to the bathroom but was a very important part of ship design. more
    Is dog poop worse than human poop?
    On average, dogs poop twice per day which adds up to about 14 piles of poop in just one week, and that is just one dog. That has the same amount of bacteria as 14 wheelbarrow loads of combined human poop, cow poop and horse poop. more
    Is deer poop bigger than rabbit poop?
    Deer poop is bigger than rabbit poop, and it's also shiny as opposed to rough in texture. The main differences between rabbit poop and deer poop are size, shape, and appearance. Rabbit poop is smaller than deer poop, with each pellet measuring less than a centimeter in diameter. more
    Why does my pee and poop smell the same male?
    One of the symptoms of bladder fistula is urine smelling or looking like stool. A bladder fistula is the result of an intestinal bacteria infecting your bladder through an injury. more
    What animal poop looks like human poop?
    Bear scat Bear scat is tubular like human feces but larger (5 to 12 inches long and 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in diameter). It is often tubular with a blunt end and a slight taper, depending on what they're eating. Bears prefer meat, including carrion, when they can find it. more
    When you smell poop are you inhaling poop?
    All are byproducts of bacteria in the digestive tract and are recognized by the nose as volatile organic compound [source: Cormier]. Note, however, that you're not inhaling poop feces, just gas. more
    Is human poop worse than animal poop?
    He explains that the main difference between human waste and livestock manure is that human waste contains pathogenic organisms and heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium and mercury in sewage sludge. These potentially dangerous substances are not found in livestock manure. more
    Is gamma male better than alpha male?
    On the hierarchy, alpha males and sigma males rank on the top, followed by beta males. Following beta males, we have delta males, then gamma males, and lastly omegas. Even though gamma men are ranked fifth on the hierarchy, there are many admirable traits that these men have. more
    What is alpha male and Sigma male?
    Definition. An alpha male is a dominant man, i.e., a man that assumes a dominant role in social or professional situations, while a sigma male is a dominant man, i.e., a man that assumes a dominant role in social or professional situations. more
    Why is poop deck called poop deck?
    We quote verbatim: “The name originates from the French word for stern, la poupe, from Latin puppis. Thus the poop deck is technically a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or “after” cabin, also known as the “poop cabin”. more


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