Is it safe to eat feces?

Coprophagia, the consumption of feces, can be dangerous for humans. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, pneumonia, and influenza vaccinations are generally recommended for those who engage in this practice. Even consuming one's own feces potentially involves risk, as the bowel bacteria and eggs of parasitic worms are not safe to ingest.

Coprophagia is most often the result of coprophilia, the attraction to the smell, taste, texture or sights and sounds of the act of defecation as a means of sexual arousal and gratification. A common slang term for this is "scat sex." It has also been observed in patients with dementia, severe mental handicaps, schizophrenia or depression.