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Bloody (adjective, not expletive) pertinently describes bowel movement bleeding. Bright red spots of blood drip into the toilet bowl or down the legs. Red blood coats stool surfaces. Bright red scarlet blood stains toilet tissue. Our hearts may skip a beat in alarm. What is going on?

Alarming yes, but don’t panic yet for any one of 6 probable causes could explain the hemorrhaging (technical jargon for bleeding). As annoying as they are to our daily lives, most of the 6 causes are not severe and treatable if approached correctly. Nevertheless, vigilance is advised. Monitor closely. If bleeding continues over a couple of weeks, and especially if there is persistent pain, visit a medical doctor immediately.

With professional diagnosis and correct treatment, the problem can be rectified in no time. More gravely, bowel movement bleeding may be caused by some class of cancer.

Hematochezia or Melena~Melena or Hematochezia

In medical circles, rectal bleeding is classified as hematochezia (maroon colored or bright red blood) or melena (black colored sticky or tarry stools). The 6 causes of the bleeding, described as rectal as the rectum is the exit, are proctitis, anorectal fistulae, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids.


Proctitis is medically listed in the IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) group which includes the small intestine and the colon or large intestine. Inflammation in itself is a positive response of the human body to heal itself in the event of an injury to its tissue. Inflammation must not be too little or too much, for if not terminated, it can proceed to cause damage to the very tissue it has healed. Proctitis in the rectum is caused by ulcers which are erosion of the mucous membrane lining.

Among other symptoms, bowel movement bleeding is commonly encountered. Eliminating proctitis as the reason behind rectal bleeding is very important as they can become very serious when the rectum, respectively, is perforated.

Anorectal Fistulae

An anorectal fistula is a tunnel that cuts through two or more internal organs that are not normally connected. It can continue all the way until it reaches the surface of nearby skin. An anorectal fistula is one that opens out at the anal surface. Frequently, stools and urine are discharged through this fistula.

Inflammatory bowel diseases, chiefly Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis, are the main causes of anorectal fistulae. Quite apart from infection pus, bowel movement bleeding is also one of the symptoms.

Fistulae must be accurately diagnosed as it can be due to peritonitis (abdominal lining inflammation) which can lead to loss of life. Surgery and antibiotic therapy are usual treatment methods following tracing of the fistula’s complete journey.

Anal Fissures

A fissure is simply a tear. Inordinate physical strain during constipation commonly result in an anal fissure, a tear around the opening of the anus. It is imperative that the external and internal sphincter muscles that regulate the anal opening be completely relaxed during bowel movement. Fissures may worsen as they cause the internal sphincter muscle to break into bouts of spasms. A dangerous cycle ensues resulting in more pain and bowel movement bleeding.

A change in diet to reduce constipation coupled with medication (lidocaine or hydrocortisone) may relieve the pain, inflammation and the harmful spasms.

Rectal Prolapse

An ancient ailment, the earliest recorded rectal prolapse was in 1500 B.C.! This infrequent condition, typified by a visible rectum hanging out of the anus, afflicts largely elderly females. Weakened muscles, including external and internal sphincter muscles, and ligaments fail to hold the rectum in its place.

Coupled with that, other symptoms range from pelvic floor descent to bowel movement difficulties caused by either incessant constipation or recurrent diarrhea. Quite often, the only treatment that is effectiive is surgery.

External & Internal Hemorrhoids

Notwithstanding the above austere narration, it may be ironic relief that the most common cause of bowel movement bleeding is hemorrhoids, both external and internal. These are dealt with extensively at Effective choices can be found there to rid you of hemorrhoids. Specifically, have a look at the H Miracle, an alternative solution presented by an ex-sufferer that promises natural solutions that not only work but have lasting effect.

Bowel Movement Bleeding – Six Possible Causes Located In The Rectum

Rachel Rich is an firm believer in natural remedies and cures before manufactured remedies as these often have side effects that are not well made known. Her healthy cynicism about big pharma’s business pronouncements transforms into affirmative stamina that compels her into very meticulous research before purchasing any product. Her conclusions are featured at The Treatment of Hemorrhoid Site.

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