WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies, 12:35am Thursday 28th May 2015 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Conditions

Flatulence

Doctor examining a patient's bloated stomach with suspected Flatulence

We fart when we’re awake, we fart when we’re asleep, and we even fart when we’re dead. So, if you’ve been told that the Queen doesn’t fart and that women’s gusty contributions are accompanied by angelic harp music (and smell like flowers), don’t believe a word of it! On average, most people pass gas 15 times a day, but anything up to 40 times in one day is considered normal. The food we eat is digested and absorbed in the small intestine. And wind is produced by the digestive system as enzymes and bacteria break down carbohydrates and proteins in your food. Of course, certain foods can provide a little extra firepower, such as beans, cauliflower, cabbage, kidney beans and artichokes. In such instances, it might be wise to distance yourself from your nearest and dearest.

What the Men in White Coats Say

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

For about six months my farts have been smelly really bad and I fart every 5 minutes I wake up in the morning and my room stinks, I also poo alot and my poo actually is slightly painful wen comeing out, when I wipe there is blood on the toilet roll. Wen I excersize my anus feels sore and uncomforable , it's really embarrasing wen people smell my farts , I can't even stay over in my girlfriends anymore please help





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

You should see a doctor and get checked out for colon cancer which is what I had.

You should see a doctor and get checked out for colon cancer which is what I had.

Yes I have had really bad wind very painful and at bottom of my back worried what this is I break a lot of wind yet still painful is peppermint could to use also my family members have irritable bowel syndrome could I inherite this at all my mum has to have all gluten free products wondering could I inherite this aswell





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

For years I constantly get bad wind. It's extremely smelly, and everyone notices. It happens regularly, and more so on nights out in a club. Its not painful, just severely embarrassing. Is it diet or something internaly?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Well I've bin passing wind for over 5years now and I fart every 5-10 seconds Evan in bed all night long ? My partner is alway telling me that I stink witch is true.it seems to be getting worse .is there any think that can be done about it ?

Yes..I have recently been passing a lot of gas and it's embarrassing to go to work at this time. I haven't changed my diet or anything like that, but I do have a fruit and fibre muffin every day..would that be the problem?? Should I be gluten free..??





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

any help i pass what i and my partner consider to be excessive amounts of wind actually counted it one day and it was over a 100 times most times it does smell





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I am constantly passing wind, even whilst sleeping. I have always been rather "windy" but it seems to be getting worse and is embarrassing. I take the birth control pill Cerazette. I am on Amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia. Also Venlalic for postnatal depression. No matter what I eat or drink I constantly pass wind. Is there anything I can do or take to stop this?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I also suffer from this and have fibromyalgia however i am on a high dose of duloxetine!

I suffer from constipation and keep passing wind all the time n smell like poo all the time it taking over my life I have a under thyroid and am n the change ineed help pls





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i am hiv positive(diagnosed in 1998) and am healthy. I have been a slim lady but started increasing weight a lot since last year (2013) first it was my boobs but now have gained so much unbelievable, from 75kg-105kg since October 2013.My consultant is confused and now have got knee pain. all my bloods are fine and am very concerned.Am sure its nothing to do with the HIV,am trying to tell my gp i need help but seem to not helping. Am concerned. am in my 6th year of medicine. Please help





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I desperately need some advice. I've been taking immunpro 50 billion probiotics with pre biotics for 5 days so far. I've had terrible smelly gas and cramping ever since I started. It doesn't matter what I eat or drink, I create smelling powerful gases. I'm concerned about whether it's doing me good or bad. I'm not sure if the smell is a positive thing with bad bacteria dying off or if they are just wrong for my body and that I need to stop. I need advice. I can't seem to find any information for this problem on the internet. I had no gas or issues before I started them. Just terrible reflux. X





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Had the same problem after a few doses, took antibiotics and it cleared it up. I seem to cope better with less "good bacteria" stop taking them, clearly its not helping you and speak to your GP..see if they can help you/suggest something

I desperately need some advice. I've been taking immunpro 50 billion probiotics with pre biotics for 5 days so far. I've had terrible smelly gas and cramping ever since I started. It doesn't matter what I eat or drink, I create smelling powerful gases. I'm concerned about whether it's doing me good or bad. I'm not sure if the smell is a positive thing with bad bacteria dying off or if they are just wrong for my body and that I need to stop. I need advice. I can't seem to find any information for this problem on the internet. I had no gas or issues before I started them. Just terrible reflux. X





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Consultation: Breast Realignment

    In Videos - Dr McKenna examines a patient who has reached the end of her tether…

  2. Consultation: Breast Reduction

    In Videos - A patient comes to see Dr Harper with enormous 36JJ Breasts that ar…

  3. Consultation: Gynaecomastia

    In Videos - Dr Jessen treats a man who's rapid weight loss has left him with fo…

  4. Consultation: Second Adult Circumcision

    In Videos - Dr Jessen examines a patient in need of a new circumcision

  5. James Russell

    Doctor Info - Find out more about James Russell.

  6. Dr Priya Manickavasagar

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Priya.

  7. Consultation: Soreness on the Penis

    In Videos - A patient is examined for soreness around his penis

  8. In Detail: Urethral Reconstruction

    In Videos - An in detail look at an operation to reconstruct a man's urethra.

  9. How To Check Your Testicles

    In Videos - Dr Harper's guide to how to self-check your balls against testicula…

  10. Dr Pixie McKenna

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Pixie.

  11. Dr Christian Jessen

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Christian

  12. Dr Dawn Harper

    Doctor Info - Find out more about Dr Dawn.

  13. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  14. How To Check Your Breasts

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper explains how to self check your boobs for breast can…

  15. Breasts

    In Episodes - In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors…


More Information

Content supplied by NHS Choices

Flatulence is the medical term for passing gas from the digestive system and out of the anus (back passage). Flatulence is more commonly known as passing wind or farting. Read More »

Help Beat Cancer

Download our free mobile game to help Reverse The Odds in the fight against cancer.

Available on App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store >