You’ve probably already heard what the smell of your poop can tell you about your health. Turns out, women’s poop could smell different to men’s, mainly because of a different composition of gut bacteria that might be present in the digestive system of each of the sexes, shared assistant professor of gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, Dr. Edwin McDonald (via Pourri). “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,” explained the professor.
A 2018 study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, which asked both men and women to report on their poop texture and consistency, found that women ranked themselves between a variation of 2–6 on the Bristol Stool Chart (a chart depicting seven types of poop based on shape and texture) and men ranked themselves between 3 and 5.
What this essentially means is that women reported having a wider variety of consistencies — from lumpy to mushy — while men said they experienced a fairly stable texture of solid poop. If you’re a woman and you’re having constipation, there’s a reason for this too.