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Bleeding after bowels movements
Posted on: 06/10/2008
Lately i have been bleeding from my butt every time i take a poop, and i just want to make sure that it's nothing serious. I don't feel comfortable going to my mom or doctor asking, so can i have your opinion? This has been going on for about a week, and it hurts sometimes but nothing big.
The most common cause of bleeding during bowel movement is hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectum or anus that may lead to pain or bleeding. Hemorrhoids are caused by straining, which may be associated with constipation, prolonged sitting (especially on a toilet), obesity, pregnancy, frequent diarrhea etc. Treatment of hemorrhoids includes warm sitz baths, over the counter hemorrhoid medications, increased consumption of fluids and fiber (including fiber supplements over the counter), and keeping the anus clean. It may be embarrassing to talk about rectal bleeding, but it's very important that you speak with your physician about this. Only your doctor can confirm the diagnosis of hemorrhoids and rule out other concerning causes of rectal bleeding.