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Why Does It Burn When I Poop?

30 Mar, 2020

Why does my poop burn?

You know that feeling, when it feels like Hell itself is trying to escape through a damned portal and that portal just so happens to be your butthole? Yea, that feeling. You’ve felt it before. Probably after wing night or after requesting extra spicy from that new Indian restaurant even though the waiter warned you not to.

Burning poops are probably one of the most unpleasant universal ailments that we’ve all experienced. But not all spicy sh*ts are attributed to the food you eat. Sometimes, there is more to it than that, so we are here to answer the burning (pun obviously intended) question of “why does it burn when I poop?”

Possible Reasons Why Your Butt Is Burning

Why Does My Poop Hurt

There are in fact, many reasons why your poop feels like it’s torching your bottom. Painful or burning bowel movements are clinically referred to as dyschezia. And it sucks. A painful bowel movement can have many related symptoms, including stomach cramping, gas, pelvic pressure, bloating, bleeding, and, yes, burning. It can also have many related causes. Here are a few. 

Spicy Food

Before you get alarmed, ask yourself if this is an isolated incident. If this is the first you’ve noticed burning poop, it is almost for sure something you ate. Foods like peppers contain capsaicin. This natural compound is used in pepper spray, mace, and topical pain medications. It burns on contact. Eating a lot of peppers or spicy foods can give you a number of symptoms, including burning burning poop. 

Burning Diarrhea

Everyone experiences diarrhea, and diarrhea shows no mercy, especially when it burns like the depths of hell. If you have three or more sudden, loose or watery bowel movements in 24 hours, guess what? You probably have diarrhea.

Burning diarrhea can irritate the lining in your rectum and the skin around your anus, which can cause the sensation of burning poop. If you’re feeling bloating or cramps, that pain can be perpetuated. 

Anal Fissures

Have you ever heard of anal fissures? If you’re brave enough, look them up. They are small tears and rips in your anus. Anal tears, or anal fissures, typically result from trauma to the anal canal, which can happen if you pass a large or hard poop, if the anal canal has become irritated by diarrhea, as a result of scratching, or if you’ve had anal sex. If you have an anal tear, you may see blood in your stool, and sharp pain is often present only when pooping or up to a few hours after.


Constipation can also cause painful burning poops. Constipation can leave you feeling “backed up” because you’re not pooping as much as you should be. If you’re having fewer than three bowel movements per week, you’re constipated. Some people experience constipation before their period when the progesterone spikes after ovulation. If constipation is a PMS symptom, it will usually go away within a couple of days. Dairy products, coffee, tea, and alcohol can make constipation worse.


Over time, constipation and other conditions can cause hemorrhoids, which are inflamed veins on your anus or rectum. These veins can end up exposed and they can hurt like heck. Irritation to these veins can make you feel burning and pain during bowel movements.


Proctitis happens when the lining of your rectum, the tube where bowel movements come out… Yes, the lining of your rectum can come out. Yes, you can go ahead and scream. It’s a common symptom of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), radiation treatments for cancer, or inflammatory bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe two types of conditions that cause chronic inflammation in the intestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis (UC) involves the inner lining of the colon and rectum. Crohn’s disease (CD) can affect anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. 

IBD symptoms include blood in stool, incontinence, irregular bowel movements, pain in the abdomen or rectum, the urgent and severe need to empty the bowels, cramping, nausea and vomiting. 


Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when endometrial cells grow outside of the uterus. If the cells grow on the peritoneum or intestines, this can cause painful bowel movements. Endometriosis can also cause diarrhea and constipation. There are standard clinical protocols for treating endometriosis that can alleviate painful bowel movements caused by the condition. Your doctor might also recommend other additional treatments for your symptoms if endometriosis treatment alone isn’t effective.


STIs such as chlamydia or syphilis spread through anal sex can result in bacterial infections that cause your rectum to swell and make it painful to poop. Both STIs are spread through unprotected sexual contact with someone who’s infected. That rectal swelling can also accompany symptoms like burning when you pee, discharge from your genitals, and pain during sex.

The Best Remedy For a Tender Tush

For far too long, the common routine after you poop is to wipe, wipe, and wipe some more with toilet paper. This frequent and repetitive motion can cause skin break down and thinning, which can lead to tearing and skin build up (ew!). 

Will a bidet help if my poop burns?

Bringing a bidet into our routine would by-and-large eliminate these negative consequences. It's easy, it's fast, it's appropriately hygienic, environmentally sound, and really allows everyone to get that sense of complete and utter cleanliness.

TUSHY, the bidet attachment that clips on to your toilet, is an amazing device that can help soothe your discomfort when it comes to burning poops. Using a cool stream of water, TUSHY is able to precisely target your pain area, cleanse the area to avoid any further infection or damage. The water doubles as a soothing agent for your bum. It’s truly a win-win. For extra comfort, our warm water bidet attachment provides extra comfort by using heated water to clean your butt and reduce any potential burning sensation. How does the TUSHY bidet attachment work?

It really is as easy as 1-2-3 before you number 2. The adapter provided in the box to connect the TUSHY to the water supply that fills your toilet tank. The included hose will connect the adapter to the TUSHY. There is no electrical hook-up, it's pressure-based, all you need to do is turn the knob and water will come out like bum washin' magic! Takes 10 mins to install on standard toilets!

The Bottom Line

That burning sensation can be very jarring and very unpleasant but you don’t have to suffer through it. TUSHY bidet is able to alleviate that pain while also keeping your booty clean.  If you're curious if TUSHY is right for you, check out some of our TUSHY bidet attachment reviews from Real Pooping Humans, like you!