Difficulty Passing Stool: Causes, Treatment For Problem To Pass Stool

Problem in Passing Stool Treatment

The stool, being a body waste, has to be excreted in the body. However, there are times when we experience constipation or the difficulty passing stool or worse inability to pass stool.

Difficult To Pass Stool Symptoms

Constipation has also other symptoms aside from the difficulty in passing. They include the following:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Passing fewer than normal stools that are hard, dry, and lumpy. It may be long or in small rounds just like pebbles.
  • Pain during bowel movement. The causes of pain while passing stool is due to the pressure the stool does to the intestines.
    Pain is also due to cramping.
  • A feeling of blockage on the rectum
  • A sensation that the bowel was not completely evacuated
  • Stomach ache or cramps
  • Nausea or the feeling of like vomiting
  • A feeling of being bloated
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • General feeling of discomfort

Causes of Pain While Passing Stool

When there is difficulty in moving bowel for three days in adults and four days in children, it is already considered constipation. Its causes include:

  • A diet that is low in fiber
  • Lack of exercise or physical activity because peristalsis (digestive movement in the bowels) is not stimulated
  • Inadequate water intake
  • Ignoring the sensation of moving the bowels
  • Iron supplementations
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Certain diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome

Treatment for Inability in Passing Stool

  • Increase dietary intake of fiber.
    The richest sources include fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread, bran cereal, peas, and beans.
  • Increase your fluid intake or at least six to eight glasses per day.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. A good walk is enough to keep your bowels going.
  • You may also use anti-pain medications.
  • Never delay bowel movement.
  • You can also take laxatives to aid in defecation.


  1. OA said:

    I’ve a son 13 yrs old and looking healthy but who takes long time in toilet, at times lasting as long as half an hour in toilet. I later found from him he has problems passing stool What remedies can you suggest?

    November 6, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Ask your son if he has constipation, is the defecation painful?
      He can normalize his bowel movement by adopting following ways:
      – Drink enough quantity of water daily. At least 8 to 9 glass in a day.
      – Incorporate more fiber foods in his diet. This includes fruits, vegetables, cereals, peas etc.
      – Never suppress the bowel movements when he has the urge.
      – Exercise and playing outdoor games will facilitate his bowel movement.

      November 10, 2010
  2. G S said:

    I have burning sensation in the anus during a bowel movement. The burning persists even after that for some time. What is it and can you tell me home remedies to get relief from burning in anus.

    May 9, 2012
  3. TH said:

    I am 23 year old and I find it difficult in bowel movements. I have the urge to evacuate, but when I go to the toilet I cannot do it. The bowel movement may occur after 4 to 5 days. I feel weak as a result. I am confused, what should I do?

    November 17, 2013
    • PUP said:

      You are suffering from constipation. Majority of times constipation in younger generation results due to unhealthy eating habits. Drink more water and fluids. Eat green leafy vegetables, and fruits. Exercise regularly. All these three factors will ensure safe passage of bowel movement.

      November 18, 2013
  4. AD said:

    I am 22 year old. I have problem in easy bowel movement. Since 4 days there is no bowel movement. I feel as if the stool is blocked in the rectum. I am feeling uncomfortable. What should I do?

    April 20, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Often a person may have difficulty in passing stools due to his bad eating habits. Your stools will become hard and difficult to pass if there is insufficient amount of fiber intake in your food. Also dehydration and reduced water intake can lead to constipation. Following steps will help for easy bowel movement.
      • Eat more fiber containing foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, etc.
      • Drink enough fluids and water throughout the day.
      • Exercise daily.
      However, if the condition persists even after following all the above measures, consult your family doctor.

      April 20, 2015
  5. SA said:

    I have severe constipation problem since many days. Can you suggest me simple tips to cure this condition?

    May 16, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem suffered by many patients all over the world. Inadequate intake of water, less dietary fibers, hemorrhoids, irregular habit for defecation, medications, abuse of laxatives, lack of physical work are prominent causes of constipation. Here are few simple steps to relieve it.
      • Exercise regularly.
      • Drink enough water daily. At least 8 glasses in a day.
      • Eat vegetables and fruits daily. Both are rich source of dietary fibers.
      • Take powdered fennel seeds with one glass of warm water daily.
      • Eat figs as they are considered natural laxative.
      • One teaspoon of castor oil is beneficial in relieving the condition. However, avoid its frequent use as this may result in more constipation.
      • Grape juice and grapes are beneficial. Soak few dried black grapes in water at night. Drink this mixture in next morning.
      • Eat spinach, broccoli, pumpkin seeds etc daily.

      May 17, 2015
  6. Melissa said:

    My 4 year old son has difficulty in passing stool since 2 months. His doctor gives him enema whenever I take my son to his clinic. It works well for 4 days but the condition recurs again. What should I do to relieve his problem?

    July 3, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Does he have hard stool? Does he have to strain while defecation? Is there any blood discharge after passing stool? Give him vegetable juice, green leafy vegetables; give him more fiber rich food preparations. It will help to soften the stool and allow smooth passage of stool. If the condition remains the same even after few alterations in food, consult a surgeon to rule out any polyps or other organic anomalies in the anus and the rectum or in the lower gastrointestinal tract.

      July 7, 2015
  7. John said:

    I am having difficulty in passing stools. Sometimes it is in very small quantity. For the past five days I have increased my vegetable and fruits intake and also fluid intake but still there is no improvement.

    June 7, 2016
  8. AMN said:

    I am scheduled for colonoscopy because I have had constipation for many weeks. It is very difficult to pass stool and very little comes out. I have to wait another 2 weeks for the procedure. I am 81 years old and this is first time colonoscopy has been ordered as I never had any such problems before. What conditions can I have?

    April 20, 2017
  9. AG said:

    I have body pain since one year. Pain increases in morning in my fingers and feet. Also bowel movement is extremely difficult. Stool is dry and I pass lot of gas with each bowel movement. What is actually happening to me?

    May 3, 2017
    • PUP said:

      The pain that you are suffering from in finger joints and feet may be due to some form of arthritis. You have to consult your doctor. He may recommend you certain blood tests such as rheumatoid factor (RA test), CBC, ESR, serum uric acid etc. This may help to find whether there is any rheumatoid pathology involved. For your problem with bowel movement, try the following. Drink enough water throughout the day. Eat more vegetables and fruits. Eat two bananas in a day. Walk for 30 minutes in a day. This may help to ease your bowel movement.

      September 5, 2018
  10. Lizy said:

    Whenever I pass stool, something like white mucus always comes out with it. What should I do?

    June 2, 2017
  11. SB said:

    My mom usually has her bowel movement after 4 to 5 days. This causes ulcer in her mouth and on tongue regularly. What must be done for her regular bowel movement?

    November 29, 2017
    • PUP said:

      Few things that need to be answered are: Does your mother experiences difficulty in passing stool? Is it painful? Is the stool hard and dry? Is she taking any medicines or iron tablets? Here are few home remedies that can help easy passage of bowel movement.
      • Eat more vegetables and fruits and foods that are rich in fiber.
      • Drink enough water daily.
      • Exercise regularly, a brisk walk for 20 minutes is good for health.
      • Practice meditation if she is more stressed.
      Sometimes mouth ulcers can be a sign of nutritional deficiency. If it is so correct it by eating nutrient packed food that contains vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and fruits are rich source of B and C vitamins. Consult your physician whether she needs to take multivitamin supplement.

      August 17, 2018
  12. LM said:

    My age is 20. I am experiencing difficulty in passing easy bowel movement. My stool is hard and dry. It is extremely painful while passing. How can I cure this problem with home remedies?

    March 15, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Hard and dry stool can occur due to these reasons:
      • Lack of dietary fiber.
      • Lack of physical activity and exercise.
      • Insufficient water intake.
      • Postponing the urge of bowel movement.
      • Taking iron supplements or certain medicines that may cause constipation and dry stool.
      • Stress
      When your stool is hard and dry you have to strain while defecating. This may lead to problems such as fissure and hemorrhoids. You can follow these tips if you have occasional hard and dry stools. If the problem is constant and regular you must consult your doctor.
      • Eat foods that have more dietary fiber. Soluble fibers dissolve in water and make stool soft. Soluble fiber is found in vegetables, cereals, fruits, and beans. Also include flaxseed and psyllium husk as they are good dietary source of soluble fiber.
      • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
      • Avoid drinking too much of dehydrating products such as tea, coffee, soda, alcohol etc.
      • Do not postpone the urge to go.
      • Exercise regularly.
      • Eat two bananas daily.
      • Eat yogurt or drink one glass of butter milk with lunch and dinner.
      • Eat prunes as they contain natural laxative and stool softener known as sorbitol.

      August 14, 2018
  13. DB said:

    I have problem passing my stool. My stool is too hard and I have to remove it manually with my finger. Its texture is like tar and sometimes it comes out without me knowing it. This may occur for 3 to 4 days constantly and then my bowel movement become normal for a while. I had done CAT scan and it showed stool inside the colon. What is the problem? Is it necessary to consult my doctor? What are the necessary preventive steps that I should take to resolve this discomfort?

    August 13, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Stool that are dry, hard and difficult to pass easily and bowel movement occurring less often than normal can be sign of constipation. Often constipation occurs because of improper diet and lifestyle factors. However, it can also develop due to medical reasons. Since you are having fecal impaction that recurs time and again, you must see your doctor as early as possible. After examination and recommending certain X-ray tests etc, he will be able to diagnose the exact cause. You can try few preventive measures that may be useful.
      • Add more fiber food in your diet. Eat more vegetables and fruits, wheat, oats etc as they are rich source of fibers.
      • Drink enough amount of fluid and water. Drink at least 7 to 8 glasses of water in a day.
      • Exercise daily for 20 minutes. A brisk walk is effective method to stimulate your bowels.
      • Train yourself for regular bowel movement.
      • Avoid postponing the urge to pass bowel movement.
      • Reduce foods that are high is sugar.
      • Avoid drinking too much of coffee, tea, etc.

      August 14, 2018

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