Have you ever noticed blood on toilet paper after bowel movement and wondered what was causing this symptom? There are a number of reasons why this can occur, some that are nothing to be concerned about and some that are serious and should be treated. Bloody bowel movements can occur because of an anal fissure or tear. This is damage that can happen if you have a very large or hard bowel movement, and your tissues may rip and tear which causes bleeding. Hemorrhoids are also one of the most common causes of bleeding after a bowel movement. These can usually be treated with home remedies and over the counter treatments unless they become severe.
Blood on toilet paper after bowel movement can also be caused by diverticula. This condition causes pouches in your colon wall where it has become weakened. Your bowel movements can go through the diverticula and this may cause inflammation and bleeding in the area. You may also have an intestinal infection, and this can cause rectal bleeding, bowel mucus, and diarrhea. These symptoms will normally improve within a few days if an infection is the cause. Inflammatory Bowel Disease can also be responsible for blood on toilet paper after bowel movement, especially when your colon lining becomes extremely irritated.
A serious cause of blood on toilet paper after bowel movement, and one that requires immediate treatment, is cancer. Colon and rectal cancer can cause rectal bleeding, and also vaginal bleeding with bowel movement in some cases. Any time you experience rectal bleeding and you are not sure of the cause you should consult your physician, to rule out any serious condition and determine what the cause of your bleeding is. A rare cause of rectal bleeding can be bleeding in your upper digestive tract, and internal bleeding is considered a medical emergency. If you see blood on toilet paper after bowel movement and this is a new symptom or you do not know the cause either contact your doctor or go to an urgent care center for evaluation.