A small amount of one-off bleeding from the bottom isn’t usually a serious problem. But a GP can check.
Check if you’re bleeding from the bottom
You might be bleeding from the bottom if you have:
- blood on your toilet paper
- red streaks on the outside of your poo
- pink water in the toilet bowl
- blood in your poo or bloody diarrhoea
- very dark, smelly poo (this can be blood mixed in poo)
A small amount of one-off bleeding can often go away on its own without needing treatment.
See a GP if:
- your child has blood in their poo
- you’ve had blood in your poo for 3 weeks
- your poo has been softer, thinner or longer than normal for 3 weeks
- you’re in a lot of pain around the bottom
- you have a pain or lump in your tummy
- you’ve been more tired than usual
- you’ve lost weight for no reason
Get an urgent appointment or call 111 if:
- your poo is black or dark red
- you have bloody diarrhoea for no obvious reason
What happens at your GP appointment
The GP will check what’s causing your symptoms.
- check your bottom (rectum) with a gloved finger
- ask for a sample of poo for testing
- refer you to a specialist for tests
Common causes of bleeding from the bottom
If you have other symptoms, this might give you an idea of the cause. Don’t self-diagnose – see your GP if you’re worried.