Medical questions & health advice by board certified doctors

"What does it mean when you bleed every time you use the bathroom?"

ZocdocAnswersWhat does it mean when you bleed every time you use the bathroom?


my husband stomach hurts everyday and everytime he poops he bleeds


Blood in the bowel movement is an abnormal finding that can come from anywhere in the digestive tract. I recommend that you consult with a gastroenterologist or a colorectal surgeon. It can be frightening, but fortunately, most of the causes of such rectal bleeding are not life-threatening. Common causes are from relatively harmless hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, or anal fissures to more serious medical problems such as colitis (i.e., most commonly inflammatory bowel diseases) and peptic ulcers. While most rectal bleeding is from non-serious conditions, it can sometimes be caused by cancerous or precancerous conditions. Precancerous polyps near the end of the colon that can mimic bleeding from hemorrhoids are generally present in the colon for years before they become cancerous. These polyps can be removed very safely from the colon, preventing progression to cancer. As well, colorectal cancer is diagnosed in patients who have ignored bleeding for years because they mistakenly assumed it to be from hemorrhoids. Therefore, the only way to be certain of the cause is to be evaluated by a health care provider. Please consult with a gastroenterologist or preferably a colorectal surgeon immediately. It is important to note the exact color of blood to help locate the site of bleeding. Black stools indicate that the blood is coming from the upper part of GI tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine. Maroon-colored bowel stools or bright red blood usually suggests that the blood is coming from the lower part of the GI tract which includes large bowel, rectum, or anus. However, sometimes massive bleeding in the stomach causes bright red stools.

Zocdoc Answers is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.