Ask the Doc :: The bloody truth
Dear Doctor Jason,
I went to the bathroom yesterday (#2) and noticed there was blood in the bowl - freaked me out. The blood was bright red - and I noticed that my bowel movement hurt coming out. Today there's no blood at all. Is this cause for concern?
Doctor Jason's Response:
Blood coming out of your body is never normal, unless you have a uterus. Most likely, it sounds like it was either a hemorrhoid or a small tear.
Hemorrhoids are fairly common, and they can be quite painful. Since it essentially is a blocked vein, it can bleed if it is ripped. Straining on the toilet tends to make them happen (and make them more painful). Other risk factors include caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and any type of anal play (whether it be a finger, a hand, a toy, or a silo).
You can also just have a small tear in the skin near the hole, which typically occurs because of straining or spreading the cheeks too much. If the bleeding continues for more than 2 days, or if the pain is quite severe, then you should see your doctor.
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