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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can constipation cause blood in stool if you press too hard, while your constipated?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Yes: This would almost certainly be accompanied by pain. If it is not painful and it persists, get it checked out.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Yes: You can have bleeding if you are straining during bowel movements due to constipation and is usually associated with pain. If this persists or you develop bleeding without pain then you should see your physician.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Sure, but see MD: Painful bleeding during defecation, especially if constipated, likely is an anal fissure (tear in the lining); painless-likely internal hemorrhoid. Recurrent problem, significant pain, fever, discomfort-see doc. Constipated, but bleeding, and passing frequent loose stool? See md, could be inflammation.
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes: Hard stools can cause bright red small amount of blood- called hemorrhoids.The amount is very important- more than 5-10 ml of blood seek immediate medical help. Correct constipation by drinking minimum of 2 L of fil;tered water. & eating roughages Veg & fruits-greens.Take 2 OZ of Kefir- yogurt drink,full of probiotics 1-2 times daily-now available in most grocery stores- $ 3-4/Qt

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