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Rectal Bleeding ONLY while menstruating

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 25, 2007
  • 02:55 PM

I am 17 years old and have only had my period for about two and a half years. I 'm sure that this is an abnormality and, through my internet search. have not found anything even remotely similar to this extremely embarrassing situation. When I have my period, I bleed from my rectum as well. As the title of the thread states, the rectal bleeding only happens while I have my period. Not to be too graphic, but the amount of blood does correlate to the actual menstrual flow. I am aware that I should go to the doctor with this problem, but how do I even bring up this topic with my mother (who I would need to take me to the doctor)? I am going on vacation with my family next week, and although my period is not regular, I am afraid that I will get my period, and be unable to go swimming for the full week (as tampons won't really help in this situation). Has anyone ever heard of this before? Please help if you can.

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  • As embarrassing as this may be, i think you should see the doc before you take that vacation with your family, in case something more serious should come of this while you were away on vacation.
    nicholas610 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I can not say for certain on the little information you've given, but try looking up "Endometriosis"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EndometriosisI'm no doctor so we don't want to come to any conclusions before seeing a certified professional. So efinitely go see a doctor. Don't worry about telling your mother, it's not that embarrassing. You can just tell her you're having bad menstrual cramps or somethingWish you all the best and a happy healthy life
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, I have heard of this. I am 34 years old and this has been going on with me since I was 30. I have been to six different OBGYNs and unfortunately no one has been able to help me. I also have horrible cramping on my colon during my period. This has been a horrible experience ... I have had three colonoscopies and one laprascopy and so far no one has any answers for me. You need to talk to your mother and you need to go to the doctor. You are not the only one out there and you should not be embarrassed. You do need to seek some medical help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Im no doctor either..but I too are thinking that you may have endometriosis, one can get this menstrating tissue which will bleed in some quite abnormal places. I guess you could try using a tampon up your butt so you can go swimming with your family. You really thou should try to tell your mother about it so you can go to the doctor to find out if its endo.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm 24 and I've been experiencing the same thing for about 2 years. I personally believe that it is endometriosis. I did find that the condition worsened when I stopped taking the pill. It has been widely believed that oral contraceptives can help treat endo, so it makes sense that this might be the problem. I was really embarrassed too especially since my doctors don't listen to me, and tell me that my symptoms are probably unrelated. (military healthcare sucks) Don't think you're alone, a lot of women suffer from this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 07:09 AM
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  • I am 29 years old, and have been bleeding rectally as well as vaginally since I was 13. It wasnt until about 5 years ago when I started having some periods where I only bled rectally that I went to a doctor. Ive had a colonoscopy, barium enima, and blood work and ultra sounds like you wouldnt believe. I dont think that any one even believes me any more. My insurance is so off and on, and to be honest, for me, the week before and during my period, I can get so painful and depressed, that sometimes all I can do is get out of bed and thats it. I know that I need to go see my OB when Im menstrating, but it hasnt happened yet. But, just to know that this happens to other people....shakes head, I know that this sounds bad, but it makes me feel better. Please, if anyone has an information about these symptoms or if you know someone else, my email address is caseyannsteed@yahoo.com. thank you
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • This is not normal. and as embaressed as you may be, please do talk to your mother. I am 29, and have bleed rectally as well as vaginally since my first period at 13. The doctors cant tell me what is wrong. If it is alright with your mother, please have her email me. I would be happy to share what little I do know, but to be honest, my search for answers has led me to your blog. But you are not alone. caseyannsteed@yahoo.com
    caseyannsteed 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm in school for nursing so I was really interested in your problem. When I first read your blog endometriosis came to mind for me too. I thought with the other woman saying she's had a laproscopy they would have seen the tissue that grew outside of the uterus. Are your periods really painful? Definetley see a doctor, there is no reason to be embarassed but I know hearing that doesn't help. If it makes you feel any better people in the medical field don't look at you personally they just look at what's wrong with you. I know that sounds cold but you have to have this mind set or you couldn't deal with people who are dying and so forth.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am 39 years old and also suffer from this. It started out as rectal pain during my period in my 20's and now I have blood in my bowel movements a couple of days prior to my period and tapering off during.I've had a sigmoidscopy and endometriosis was ruled out with the polyp biopsy. I'm going for a colonoscopy so the dr. can have a more thorough look. I find it odd that it only happens prior and during my period. I wonder if hormones play a part.It's scary when the dr starts using the C-word. I'm glad I found this blog and other women are experiencing it.
    anon21 1 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
    • 02:07 AM
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  • I am 44 and just started experiencing rectal bleeding in my past 2 menses. It occurs 3 days before my period starts with bright red blood only during defecation and has ended when the period stops. I do feel anal "pressure" continually but it has improved from what it felt like during the periods. Also my lower abdominal cramping has been worse during the periods and I have exerienced lower back pain --never before in my life! - in the week prior to menses. Am awaiting a colonoscopy in a few weeks. Relieved in a way to see so many others with the same issue. Also interested to hear endometriosis mentioned so many times.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 02:33 AM
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  • So I'm almost 49 and this is also happening to me. The joke is that I probably have had this all my menstruating life, but didn't figure it out until AFTER I had my hysterectomy two years ago! I am convinced it is related to endometriosis, as when I had the hysto the Dr. noted endometrial tissue splattered in my abdominal cavity and my uterus was adhered to my intestinal wall. There are Med journals that discuss Intestinal Endometriosis being associated with rectal bleeding, but they don't know what the exact cause is. The reason colonoscopy doesn't pick it up is that the endo tissue is usually on the exterior of the colon. They don't know what causes exterior tissue to cause bleeding in the intestine but a good guess is it has to do with irritation, or perhaps endometrial cells aren't usually visible during the colonoscopy. Anyway, I had the hysto because my fibroids became too large problematic, and before that I never had regular periods. I kept my ovaries, and what happened was that with no interference from a hinky uterus, and with enough endometrial tissue to get a feedback cycle from, my ovaries started working like clockwork and suddenly every month to the day, I had a regularly bleed from my anus! Yep, I finally got rid of my uterus and I still get my period! I can't help but laugh! Anyway, to put this all in perspective, from my experience (after having a thorough battery of testing,) and the notes of so many other women here who have had the same thing for a long time, maybe it's not really something "wrong"? Periods are normal, our bodies are built to handle them, so unless there is some other symptom causing concern, and you have had a good GI workup with nothing showing up, relax, it's probably okay, just a bit yucky!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 24, 2008
    • 07:28 PM
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  • I have recently learned that my sister, in Australia, has this same problem. She, too, has started down the long path of doctors, specialists, colonoscopy, etc. So far all of this has excluded cancer and endometriosis but not found anything else.However, just last week she was talking to a doctor at the hospital where Mum was operated on for bowel cancer and she asked him about her own problem. His answer sounds very logical so we would like to share it with all you women who are in the same boat.The doctor explained that my sister no doubt has some extremely tiny hemorrhoids which normally do not bleed or give her any trouble. However, just before her menstrual period begins, the changes in hormone levels cause the veins in the colon to swell enormously. Since my sister suffers from constipation the result is bleeding from these hemorrhoids. Once her period is over, the hemorrhoids return to their normal size and the bleeding stops – until the following month.For the past few months, to help her constipation and irritable bowel, she has been taking psyllium husks. The result is that the stools are much softer. An additional, unexpected result has been the absence of rectal bleeding during her period!So the doctor’s explanation certainly seems to make sense. My sister asked me to share her experience hoping it may be of help to some of you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 02:17 PM
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  • I am 44 and just started experiencing rectal bleeding in my past 2 menses. It occurs 3 days before my period starts with bright red blood only during defecation and has ended when the period stops. I do feel anal "pressure" continually but it has improved from what it felt like during the periods. Also my lower abdominal cramping has been worse during the periods and I have exerienced lower back pain --never before in my life! - in the week prior to menses. Am awaiting a colonoscopy in a few weeks. Relieved in a way to see so many others with the same issue. Also interested to hear endometriosis mentioned so many times.Colonoscopy revealed hemmorhoids -- interestingly no bleeding since but won't be surprised if it recurs.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 16, 2008
    • 04:33 AM
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  • (portion removed) I guess you could try using a tampon up your butt so you can go swimming with your family. (portion removed) I understand why this suggestion was made, but I'm afraid you'd be better off skipping swimming than sticking a tampon up your butt unless you want to end up in an embarassing and uncomfortable (if not painful) dr. visit trying to explain why there's a tampon lodged way up in your colon, while the dr. tries to fish it out. PLEASE do NOT stick tampons up your butt- seriously, your colon is NOT like your vaginal canal. Things will not truly become lost in the vagina because the cervix and uterus will block it from going back beyond a certain distance, BUT things CAN get lost in your colon and may require removal by a doctor. You can see this wisdom applied by manufacturers of sex toys or so called marital aids or novelty items. When the items are designed specifically for anal play they have have something at the end (well, they should and at least most of them do) to keep them from getting lost in the anal canal. It's not recommended to use any toys anally unless they have something like that, and LIKEWISE, it is NOT recommended to stick anything else into the rectum that can completely enter the colon, There should always be something to stop it from going all the way in. In the case of a tampon with a string, the tampon does not flare out enough at the bottom to keep it from going the rest of the way in even if you leave some of it out. It's small and flexible enough that there is the danger it will all go in (if you don't push it all the way in to begin with, as you would if you were using it vaginall), and even the string may be swallowed making retrival difficult or perhaps even impossible to do without medical assistance. Tampons are NOT designed for that area!
    Poppet 6 Replies
    • December 30, 2008
    • 06:01 AM
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  • Yeah, I'm 13 and have had my period for a year. I only recently started having rectal bleeding. I have no clue why I get it, and I suck at telling my mom these sort of things to...I had my period for half a year before i told her about it. I was searching for some possible reasons when I found your blog. Well, hopefully everything is ok, glad to know that there is actually a lot of people that get this too.
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  • I just came to the same problem at the age of 30. Before I had various problems with my periods and the only thing my gynaecologist was able to tell me was that I was making them all up (the guy is teaching at the university!!! :-O ). About a half year ago my period started to relate with rectal bleeding as well. I went to see my GP straight away but health care system here in the UK has enough time for everything so if it was really something serious I would be dead by now ;-P Anyway I am waiting for all the uncomfortable procedures to start and I feel more confident after reading I am not the only one having this problem. Thanks for useful info, ladies ;-) Hope the examinations might also clear up my problem of not getting pregnant, as I am trying unsuccessfully for more than 2 years and no one is able to tell me why.Good luck for everybody :-)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just came to the same problem at the age of 30. Before I had various problems with my periods and the only thing my gynaecologist was able to tell me was that I was making them all up (the guy is teaching at the university!!! :-O ). About a half year ago my period started to relate with rectal bleeding as well. I went to see my GP straight away but health care system here in the UK has enough time for everything so if it was really something serious I would be dead by now ;-P Anyway I am waiting for all the uncomfortable procedures to start and I feel more confident after reading I am not the only one having this problem. Thanks for useful info, ladies ;-) Hope the examinations might also clear up my problem of not getting pregnant, as I am trying unsuccessfully for more than 2 years and no one is able to tell me why.Good luck for everybody :-)Has anyone ever mentioned endometriosis to you? I was unable to conceive and had painful periods etc, finally found a doctor who believed me and after further investigation it was found the ligament connecting my womb to my spine had endometriosis tissue all over it. " operations later and a ligament less I have had 2 children. Although I have now experienced rectal bleeding during my periods so we think the endometriosis is back. Hope that helps - if I were you I would definately ask about it.
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  • I too have this problem!! I am 38 years old and I just stop recieviing the depo shot, but prior this, about 6 Months to stopping I started gettting rectal bleeding while on my period. I kinda blew it off as just a flukeBut then when I stop taking the depo shot it can much much more intense bleeding in my rectum, I Imediately became scared!! And the worst things started to race accross my mind.I'm actually wearing depends!! People!! DEPENDS!! OMG!! This how bad it is!! But As usual when my period is over, the bleeding stops!! And I am so scared of going to the doctors.But this blog is making me feel a lot better, just too know I'm not alone!! Thanx guys!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2010
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  • I have had rectal bleeding now with my periods for nearly 2 years. ( I am 45, and have had 4 children delivered vaginally). I have had a colonoscopy and pelvic scan and nothing was found. It's now getting heavier and I am quite sore in the deep, right side of my rectum. I have bit the bullet and started the cycle again of seeing a doctor and gyno who has referred me for another colonoscopy to see if I have endioentrimitis.A weird thing with my bleeding though, is if I wear a tampon in my vagina, the rectal bleeding stops. Doctor is baffled and I can see that he doesn't really think I am bleeding rectally for this to happen when I wear a tampon. I assured him I definately bleed from my rectum!! Does this happen to anyone else ... it would put my mind to rest if I know someone else is going through this too.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 14, 2011
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  • What a relief that there are others in the boat. I know it's not nice but misery truly loves company. I never thought of endometriosis as I have had two healthy children, and I've always associated endometriosis with extreme pain and not being able to get pregnant, which is probably a mistake. The first time I had bleeding was three weeks before my 2nd child was due. How embarrassing calling the ambulance thinking something was wrong with the baby. After a year the bleeding has started regularly, usually with my period. After having tests done, it stopped for about 5 months only to start again. Of course they can't find anything and I really don't want surgery because something must be causing it. I think I will mention endometriosis for my next check up. I hope this means I can't get pregnant because we are about to start trying for a third? I hope the ladies here keep everyone posted with any progress.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2011
    • 01:59 PM
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