What happens when the urge to defaecate is suppressed?

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Katy Milford asked the Naked Scientists:
I was wondering, what exactly happens to the faecal matter when one has the urge to relieve themself but does not?

I presume it stays in the colon, but then why does the urge go away, sometimes only resurfacing the next day? And which toxins are absorbed by the body when this happens?

Also, does the large intestine have any kind of ability to absorb nutrients (excluding water, of course)?

Sorry for such a long interrogation, itīs just such an intriguing and never heard of topic.

Sincerely, Katyln

What do you think?
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