Dr. Mutlu explains what a woman should do if she notices blood in her bowel movement.
I would say that if they are really seeing, if a person is seeing blood in their stool, they should consult with their doctor. It doesn’t always have to be a visit with the practitioner, but they should call and let their general practitioner know and make that judgment to call and inform them and follow the doctor’s suggestions.
As I said, sometimes it could be something extremely simple such as hemorrhoids, but usually there could be other symptoms associated with hemorrhoids, and the best person to determine that would be the physician taking care of the patient, and I encourage all of the patients that have seen blood in the stool to talk to their doctors about it and not wait.
About Dr. Mutlu, M.D.:
Dr. Ece A. Mutlu, M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in gastroenterology and nutrition, and her research interests include diet therapy in inflammatory bowel disease, role of microbiological flora on gastrointestinal illness, role of nutrition in gastrointestinal disease, complementary and alternative medicine for gastrointestinal disease, and antioxidant treatment of radiation proctitis.