Cause of your symptoms

Your rectal bleeding is probably from veins just inside your back passage caused by your constipation


Try the treatments outlined below for two weeks.


Eat more roughage and if necessary take laxatives to make your stools softer and easier to pass. It is normal to strain a little when passing a motion but too much can cause bleeding. A pharmacist can advise on suitable treatments.

What now?

If you get better nothing else needs to be done. However, if your symptoms persist for two more weeks or recur after stopping treatment, see your GP.

Summary of your symptoms

Date checker completed: Monday 20th May 2024

You are under 50 years old and have rectal bleeding without pile symptoms and a change in bowel habit to decreased frequency and or harder drier stools but no abdominal pain

Additional information if you see your GP

Your GP will probably examine your tummy and back passage and do a blood test and if these are normal you are at very low risk of having any serious bowel disease and it would be reasonable to advise a further period of treat, watch and wait. However, if your symptoms do not settle completely you will probably be referred to a routine hospital clinic for investigations and local treatments to stop the bleeding.

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