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Blood In Stool & Recent Anal Sex - Should I Worry?

Published: February 24, 2003
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Recently, I have noticed when I make a bowel movement, I am finding blood in my stool. It was enough blood that I thought maybe I was getting my period but that isn't it. It concerns me because my boyfriend and I have had anal sex within the last two weeks and I then started to notice blood soon after that. I think that I might have torn some tissue but should I worry about this? Should I visit the doctor or will this problem take care of itself?
Signed: Blood In Stool & Recent Anal Sex - Should I Worry?

Dear Blood In Stool & Recent Anal Sex - Should I Worry?,

 

Rectal bleeding is a relatively common problem and is typically not serious, unless it is prolonged. Usually the problem occurs because of a cut or fissure on the outside or inside of the rectum. This cut can, as you suggest, result from anal sex. It could also result from straining during a bowel movement or from hemorrhoids.

It is possible the bleeding will go away by itself, but to be on the safe side you should see a doctor. If you live in northern New Jersey, please call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at (973) 971.6475. Otherwise please see your regular doctor, or get in touch with an adolescent health center in your area.

Using a lubricant during anal (and vaginal) sex can prevent tearing in the future. Saliva and vaginal secretions make good natural lubricants. If you are using a store-bought lubricant, make sure you use a water-based one when using latex condoms. Because anal sex is a high-risk behavior for the transmission of HIV and other STDs, we recommend you use a condom each and every time you have intercourse.

You should also be aware that anal bacteria can cause serious vaginal infections and cystitis. Anything that touches your anus  - his penis, fingers, or anything else - should be washed afterwards. If he wears a condom during anal sex he should use a new condom before entering your vagina. Also, if he uses his tongue, he should cover the area with a dental dam (a square of latex that can prevent disease prevention when licking the anus or vagina) or some kitchen plastic wrap, or he will run the risk of a stomach infection or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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