- The Squatty Potty has been endorsed by celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel and has more than 4,000 Amazon reviews.
- Now, a study shows that the vivacious product can help you poop in less time and cause less stress.
- A doctor says it might help with constipation.
If you work as a gastroenterologist, people tend to shit a lot of questions. In particular, family and friends are always curious as to whether the Squatty Potty is real. Peter Stanich, assistant professor at the Wexner Medical Center of Ohio State University and the College of Medicine.
Well, now he can give an official, scientifically valid answer: Yes.
The Squatty Potty, known for his appearance on Shark Tank and his viral commercial featuring a unicorn running through a rainbow-colored poop, has been described as life-changing and has more than 4,000 Amazon reviews. Of course, there is interest in patients.
"The Squatty Potty is in social media, and family and friends will bring it up," explains Stanich Men's Health . "If you are interested in GI, you will receive many questions."
So, an Ohio State University medical team decided to test whether the equipment, scientifically referred to as a "defect device," really helped the average person. They assembled 52 people who agreed to answer questions about their bowel movement immediately after going to the toilet. During the first two weeks everyone was poaching as usual; then they used the Squatty Potty for the last two weeks. The researchers compared respondents' responses and found that 71
Stanich thinks the Squatty Potty helps you have a natural stance of bowel movement. This "allows faster and more complete emptying of the rectum" because the rectum does not have to work so hard, he says.
Since it was assumed that all patients participating in the study have normal gastrointestinal health, further research is needed to determine who the device is best for. However, Stanich has already recommended the Squatty Potty to patients whose constipation is not caused by serious medical problems.
Technically, constipation is diagnosed if you have less than three bowel movements per week. Stanich, however, says that everyone is different. Some people may shit only twice a week. It becomes a problem if you feel discomfort too.
If you occasionally get constipated, the Squatty Potty can work for you. But Stanich warns people against blowing off stubborn bowel problems.
"If you have constipation, talk to your doctor about it, which may be an indication of serious health problems," he warns.