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Why Is Anal Considered So Taboo
It requires caution: Anatomically things are just not set up for that. It must be done carefully or it can have significant consequences. Anal sex is very much an individual choice and like other more common sexual choices it should never be forced on anyone. Taboos come in many forms. It's up to the individuals involved to make their own choices - just be smart about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which tests are considered "routine" when trying to diagnose rectal and anal problems? I have had a colonoscopy , i had a few polyps and inter.Hemmorh
Colonoscopy is it!: For common rectal or anal problems such as rectal bleeding or pain, a full colonoscopy is commonly "routine" at age 53. Depending upon the symptoms, a simple anoscopy or rigid or flexible sigmoidoscopy might be recommended. Importantly' rectal bleeding should never be attributed to hemorrhoids without an endoscopic exam to document hemorrhoids or, more importantly, rule out a malignancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between anterior/posterior anal fissure and lateral anal fissure? What is considered abnormal in terms of anal fissure location
Posterior / anterior: Most "normally located" fissures are due to passage of hard, dry stools or explosive diarrrhea. These are almost exclusively posterior in men but can be anterior in up to 10% of women. These respond well to lateral internal sphincterotomy. Secondary anal fissures are associated with crohn disease, leukemia and certain other neutropenic blood conditions. Surgery should be avoided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is my anal fissure considered "chronic" if it heals with conservative methods but then retears every once in awhile when I get constipated?
Is a C-section considered medically necessary with an unhealed anal fissure? I had surgery year before for fissure, and it never healed.
Depends: Without seeing your entire medical history, as well as the reason for the fissure and why it didn't heal, it's a little difficult to say whether cesarean indicated or not. If you have an area close to the perineum that has not healed, I don't think this is Cesarean is a bad idea at all. That's a delicate area and healing from a cesarean is not bad . ...Read more
Pain: External hemorrhoids are painful. These are hemorrhoids near nerves and you'll know you have them from pain and irritation. Painless hemorrhoids are usually internal but may prolapse and you notice them when cleaning. Either one can affect your life. If so see your doctor for a referral to a colo-rectal surgeon. Improve your quality of life. ...Read more
Anal Sex: I agree with dr. Gallant. Anal sex is a common part of the sexual practices in both men and women in many cultures around the world. It is in no way, in and of itself, risky or 'bad' or unhealthy. But, like all other human behavior, it carries risk of trauma and infection if done incorrectly or if the sexual partner is a carrier of infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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