Bleeding from the bottom (rectal bleeding)
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Signs of bleeding from the bottom include blood on your toilet paper, blood on or in your poo, pink water in the toilet, or very dark poo.
If you see a GP because you have bleeding from your bottom, they may check your bottom with a gloved finger and ask for a sample of poo for testing.
Causes of bleeding from the bottom include piles, anal fissures, sexually transmitted infections and a side effect of medicine to prevent blood clots.
A small amount of one-off bleeding from your bottom (rectal bleeding) is not usually a serious problem. A GP can check what the cause might be.
Page last reviewed: 12/04/2023
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