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Bleeding when pooping

By Anonymous October 21, 2013 - 2:56pm
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So this has been going on for quite a while now. Probably since middle of July and till today. When I go to the bathroom to poop, not pee, just poop, after I wipe there's blood on the toilet paper and a little in the toilet. It's not my period and as far as how I feel during the day, I feel pretty normal. But it's starting to worry me. The blood isn't thick or gloppy it's just red. First I thought maybe I wasn't eating right because it wouldn't always happen, it would come and go like 2 or 3 times a month. Or I thought, now hear me out on this, that maybe I was pushing too hard and I ripped something. I don't know. It's not painful when I poop but it is a bit harder to than usual, like something is scratching me ad it is a little hurtful. I don't know what this could be and I haven't gone to a doctor yet. Is it something serious? What's causing it? Is it normal? Please help.

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Hello Anonymous,

I would like to welcome you to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us to help answer your health question.

It sounds like the rectal bleeding is caused by hemorrhoids. How old are you?
At least half of adults have dealt with hemorrhoids by the time they reach the age of 50.

Anonymous, you might want to try some lifestyle changes and see if you get relief. Add fiber to your diet. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink six to eight glasses of water and other fluids, but not alcohol, each day.
These two actions will soften your stool and increase its bulk. This will decrease the need to strain. Straining causes hemorrhoids or can worsen the symptoms.

Taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, is another way to increase your intake of fiber. It is important to drink at least eight glasses of water or other fluids every day.

If you do not see an improvement and continue to experience rectal bleeding, please schedule an appointment with your physician.



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