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A 25-year-old female asked:

hi there, i just had light pink blood (not a lot) on my toilet paper after passing a bowel movement. in the past, i have had fissures..and sm hemrd.

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Bleeding: At your age I would not worry about it but make sure that you keep your bowels soft I do not develop any constipation as that caused more causes more irritation around the rectum

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