You can now sell your poop and it’s thanks to a groundbreaking medical treatment called Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT). FMT is a therapy involving the insertion of stool from a healthy individual into the gut of a sick one. FMT treatments are used to treat a variety of gut microbiome-related conditions.
Fecal transplants are being used to treat Clostridium Difficile, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Autism and Obesity, to name a few. Some of the donations are being collected by stool banks like OpenBiome in Boston, MA but the majority of the donations are happening in the hundreds of studies happening globally.
So how exactly can you sell you poop to one of these banks or studies? We’ll teach you how how in the following sections of this article:
The first step is to know if you are even qualified to donate stool.
Can you sell your poop?
Not everyone can sell their poop. Stool donors must be in excellent health to be qualified to donate. They must have
regular bowel movements that meet specific criteria, live a healthy lifestyle with little risk of obtaining diseases, and have no history of the illnesses FMT is used to treat.
If you are healthy and have the poop it takes to become a donor, you could be making money just for going number two. The first thing to ask yourself if you want to donate stool is, are you regular?Part of being a donor is being able to reliably donate regularly, since many programs require donations to happen on a set schedule.
If you do not meet this criteria than you are already out of the running. But there is more than just a regular BM that you need to be a donor, which we will continue to review in the following sections.
Where can I sell my poop for money?
If you are living in the Boston, MA area, OpenBiome is the place to go. It is a full service stool bank and pays donors $40 per usable sample. Donation is also possible at the Taymount clinic who accept donors on a rolling basis, or from studies which are popping up all the time and are in need of willing, healthy donors.
How much can you make selling your poop?
You can make up to $13,000 annually by selling your poop on a regular basis. Some programs will pay as much as $40 per donation. However, to get paid for a stool sample, your donation must be usable – meaning if you donate but the sample is unusable for treatment, you will not get paid for that donation.
Compensation varies per study or donation bank, and some studies are not paid at all and rely on people donating out of the goodness of their own heart.
What is the stool donation process?
The process for donating stool may vary depending on the program or donation center you are donating to. Though there may be variations, usually it involves an extensive screening process. It requires a detailed questionnaire, and extensive testing of your blood and stool to ensure the information you provided was accurate.
Generally once you are admitted to the program, after extensive screening, you will go to a donation location where you will poop into a container. The stool in the container will be tested and if it appropriate to use, will be processed, frozen, and saved, or it will be sent off for use in an FMT procedure.
Who can donate stool?: poop donor requirements
Not only does your stool have to be screened for you to become a donor, you also will have to fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you about your current health and health history. You must meet the following criteria in order to qualify to be a stool donor:
- Regular and healthy stool schedule (ranking between 3-5 on the Bristol Stool Chart)
- None of the following GI conditions:
- IBD (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis)
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Gastrointestinal polyposis
- No chronic disease
- No allergies
- Free of the following infections
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Known exposure to any of the above viruses within the past year
- You have not participated in the following in behaviors the past 6 months:
- Risky sexual behaviour
- Tattoo or body piercings
- Traveled to select countries where endemic diarrhea is prevalent
- Been in prison
- You have been antibiotic free for the past three months (some studies say longer)
- You are not currently on immunosuppressive medication
- Are of a healthy weight and metabolic state
Learn more about selling your poop online
A study out of the University of Alberta that people who donate stool are more likely to do it out of the goodness of their heart, over any monetary gain.
Think you have what it takes to be a stool donor, think twice. Being a stool donor is a selective process, with only 2% of prospective donors eligible to donate.
If you read through this article and discovered you weren’t eligible to be a stool donor your microbiome might be to blame. Learn more about how the microbiome affects your health.