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What's Causing Your Anal Pain?

Having a pain in your anus is really a pain in your … you know. It hurts when you defecate. It hurts when you sit. You don’t want to even try sex play in that area. Plus, you’re worried — is anal pain a serious sign of disease?

Sep 1st, 2021
How to Prepare for Your Colonoscopy

You take your health and longevity seriously. That’s why you booked a colonoscopy to either confirm that your colon is cancer-free or to remove any cancerous lesions at an early stage. Congratulations! Now, here’s what you need to do to prepare.

Aug 4th, 2021
Who's at Risk for Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is one of the most common — and curable — of all cancers. If you catch it soon enough. Colon cancer affects all ages, but is on the rise among younger people. Are you at risk?

Jul 11th, 2021
The Link Between STDs and Abscesses

Defecation is painful. Or your rectum feels swollen and tender all the time. If you suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of an anorectal abscess, your condition may have started with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Here’s what to do.

Jun 23rd, 2021
What Causes Pelvic Floor Prolapse?

You can’t hold your urine. Or maybe your feces. You have pain in your pelvic area, but don’t know why. You may have pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when your pelvic floor muscles weaken. Here’s why it happens.

May 13th, 2021
Is Ulcerative Colitis Curable?

If you’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), you wonder if — and hope that — there’s a cure. Even though no cure exists right now for UC, research is promising. Here’s what to do in the meantime.

Apr 5th, 2021
Object Stuck in Your Rectum? Why Prompt Medical Care Matters

You and your partner or friends got a little “playful.” Or maybe you — or your child — was fooling around, experimenting. No matter how it happens, getting an object stuck up your rectum is no fun. Removing it yourself could cause a crisis.

Mar 7th, 2021
Early Warning Signs of Rectal Cancer

You may not like to think about your rectum. But colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, not counting skin cancers. Learn the signs and symptoms of rectal cancer to increase your chances of survival.

Feb 9th, 2021
When to Consider Hemorrhoid Surgery

You’ve tried creams. You’ve tried sitz baths. You’ve changed your diet and your bathroom habits. But you’re still plagued by hemorrhoids. Isn’t there something that can eliminate hemorrhoids for good? Surgery can.

Jan 6th, 2021
How Often Do I Need a Colonoscopy?

I can’t wait until my next colonoscopy, said nobody ever. But getting your colonoscopy result is a big relief: Either you know you’re in the clear, or you get the treatment you need ASAP. But how often do you need a colonoscopy?

Dec 1st, 2020
What Causes Rectal Prolapse?

Rectal prolapse may be embarrassing, and it can be painful, but it’s almost never an emergency. Still, you need to fix it, even as you wonder how it could happen to you. Following are a few reasons why your rectum may protrude through your anus.

Nov 4th, 2020
Effective Treatments for Anal Trauma

Your anus hurts when you defecate. Or you see blood on your toilet paper. Or you have an object stuck in your anal canal. Whatever the reason, if you have anal trauma, you must see a doctor as soon as possible to get effective — and safe — treatment.

Oct 6th, 2020
Signs of an Abscess and what Having One Means

If you have anal or rectal pain or bleeding, or if you feel a lump near your anus, it may not be hemorrhoids. You could have a pus-filled anal or perianal abscess. An abscess almost never goes away on its own, and can cause serious complications.

Sep 15th, 2020
Dietary Guidelines for Ulcerative Colitis

When you have ulcerative colitis (UC), every meal is a challenge. Will breakfast cause pain? Will lunch become diarrhea? Discovering which foods trigger your UC attacks — and which don’t — makes meals a pleasure again.

Aug 18th, 2020
Common Causes of Anal Pain

Your anus hurts. You’re embarrassed to talk about it, and a little afraid. But most anal pain is caused by benign conditions, and should resolve within a day or two. If anal pain persists, see a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.

Jul 20th, 2020
How to Lower Your Risk for Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups

If you’re one out of three adults in the United States who suffer from hemorrhoids, you’re not looking forward to another painful flare-up. A few simple changes to your routine, though, can help keep your bathroom routine pain-free and efficient.

Jun 18th, 2020
Signs of Anal Cancer

Cancer is a frightening concept for anyone, but not knowing what to look for can make it more frightening. Here’s what you need to understand about anal cancer, and how to look for it in yourself.

May 26th, 2020
Should I Be Concerned about Anal Pain?

Pain in the anus can be embarrassing to bring up with your doctor. However, pain can be a symptom of a larger problem, so it’s best to talk to your doctor sooner, rather than later.

Mar 13th, 2020