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Why am I getting blood in stools after my delivery?

Q: I started getting blood in my stools one month after my delivery. In the beginning it was just one or two drops, but now there is more along with an acute pain. My gynaecologist gave me an ointment. But there was no improvement, so I consulted a surgeon who asked me to undergo a small surgery at the anus. But he did not tell me anything clearly. I am afraid to undergo the surgery. Does this happen as an after-effect of delivery? I had a normal delivery. Will surgery create any problems in future, especially during future pregnancy? Can this problem be solved by medications and surgery be avoided? What is the reason behind bleeding?

A:This type of problem occurs often after normal delivery but does not remain after six to eight weeks, if the following precautions are taken:

  • Avoid constipation.
  • High roughage diet.
  • Local ointment.
  • Sitz bath (hot water fermentation of the problem area and sitting in hot water for 8-10 minutes).
If the problem persists despite that, you may go for the surgery. It is a simple procedure and you should not worry about it.

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