Trusted information on rectal diseases and problems, plus links to trusted resources.
Injuries to the anal region can be the result of changes in bowel function or sexual activity. Learn when to seek urgent medical attention and how to relieve any pain.
It can be distressing if problems with normal anal function occur. Good anal hygiene, along with improving your diet may help reduce risk of pain and discomfort. Learn more about anal care here.
Itchy anus (pruritus ani)
An itchy anus, also called pruritus ani is a common complaint. The itch, in or around the anus, can be extremely intense and persistent, causing a constant urge to scratch. Read about causes, things you can do and when to see a doctor.
Rectal bleeding that does not occur at the same time as a bowel movement should be investigated by a health professional. Learn more about rectal bleeding here.
Rectal bleeding treatments
Rectal bleeding is a symptom of haemorrhoids (piles) and anal fissures. Lifestyle changes can soothe the condition, however you should see your doctor for further advice.
Diagnosis of haemorrhoids
Because the symptoms of haemorrhoids are similar to those of bowel cancer, it’s important to visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
Blood in stool
Blood in your stool can indicate a more serious problem. If you see blood after a bowel movement, make sure you get it checked out. Find out more here.
Haemorrhoids vary in their severity from person to person. Many people experience no symptoms or very mild symptoms that disappear after a couple of days. Find out about symptoms of haemorrhoids.
A rectocoele occurs when the rectum bulges into the back vaginal wall. Find out more about appropriate care and treatment.