What is parcopresis?

Parcopresis is a name coined to represent psychogenic fecal retention which is the inability to defecate when other people are perceived or likely to be around (e.g. in the same public toilet, the same house or the same building). The analogous condition that affects urination is paruresis.

How do members experience parcopresis?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with parcopresis*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for parcopresis*

Who has parcopresis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 18
30s 15
40s 10
50s 5
60s 3
70+ 0

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 20
Female 35