Dr Oz: Poop Scale, Spraying Pee & All Time Embarrassing Questions

By on June 8, 2012

Dr Oz’s All Time Embarrassing Topics

Do you have an embarrassing question you’re too afraid to ask your doctor? On today’s show, Dr Oz recapped his most embarrassing moments this season, like when he spoke about how to get rid of poop odors with toilet drops.  Or how about when he spoke about the Poop Scale, smelling your pee or what to do if your pee sprays?  If your pee smells like fruit or ammonia, you have come to the right place! From the bathroom to the bedroom, it was a full hour of your wackiest questions ever. Doctor Oz had never done a show like this before and today was the mother of all no embarrassment zones.

Dr Oz Poop Scale

Dr Oz's Poop Scale will help you figure out if your poop is normal or not.

One of the most embarrassing topics was dealing with #1 and #2. (No, I’m not talking math problems.) On one of his previous shows, Doctor Oz asked audience members to bring in a picture of their poop and a sample of their pee. He wanted these samples for diagnosis because he says knowing the size and shape of your stool and the color of your pee can help you know what’s going on inside your body.

Peggy, an audience member, came to the studio armed with her poop image. She told Dr Oz her stool formation changed from day-to-day, according to what she ate. Dr Oz showed an image demonstrating what goes on inside the body. When food comes into the large intestine, it’s liquid-y. As it goes through the intestine, it begins to form. By the time it comes out in the end (literally speaking), your poop should be soft and S-shaped.

Dr Oz: Poop Scale

Doctors look for 7 shapes and sizes on the poop scale. The shapes range from pebbles, to a little less pebbly, to smooth (normal), to runny. They compared the picture Peggy took of her bowel movement to the scale and hers was smooth, which was normal. Another way of telling if your poop is normal is by how it sounds when it comes out. If it “splishes” out, it’s normal. (Think of a diver diving off a cliff.) Doctor Oz says going #2 at least once a day is normal.

Dr Oz: Marble Poop

This appearance is the other extreme. You don’t want marble type of poop. It means you’re constipated. (Doctor Oz likened the sound to birds dropping pellets from the sky.)

Dr Oz: Watery Poop

You don’t want this type of poop either. It means you’re not absorbing liquid. This may mean you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Crohn’s Disease.

Dr Oz: Urine Smells

Monica, an audience member, joined Dr Oz and put on the purple gloves. (Uh-oh, you know what that means!) Dr Oz asked the entire studio audience to put on purple gloves and uncap their urine samples to test their urine. Dr Oz had the audience take a whiff of their urine.

Why Does My Urine Smell Like Ammonia or Fruit?

No smell at all or faint smell: that’s good.
Smells like ammonia: you should get this checked out
Smells fruity: if your urine smelled fruity, he worried about diabetes.

Dr Oz: Urine Dipstick Test

Dr Oz had each member of the studio audience test his or her urine with a dipstick. He was looking for those dipsticks that changed into a bright reddish color (this is not what you want) . Monica’s was a peachy color, which is typical for normal urine. If urine turns pinkish red, it means you have sugar in your urine and you could be a candidate for diabetes.

Why Does My Pee Spray?

An audience member joined Dr Oz to find out why she had spraying pee instead of a stream. Dr Oz says as you get older there is atrophy of the urine wall, which can make the urine come out in a spray rather than a stream. He suggested estrogen creams to maintain tissue texture in that part of the body.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Poop Scale, Spraying Pee & All Time Embarrassing Questions

  1. I have an issue I not sure if its normal or not …. please help me …..I have 2 or 3 bowel movements a week at most I’m told this isn’t good but I’ve tried things to improve this but it only improves as long as I take the medications ….I do quite often feel bloated and sluggish I am a 49 year old Caucasian female and as I stated I’m not sure if this is normal or not could u give me any hints or helpful ideas.

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