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6 reasons why it hurts when you poop, according to two gut-health experts

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Painful bowel movements may happen occasionally because of conditions that tend to go away on their own, like hemorrhoids or diarrhea. If it’s a one-time occurrence, you probably don’t need to worry.

However, if you regularly feel pain during bowel movements, there may be an underlying medical condition that requires medical attention, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and anal cancer.

Here are six potential causes of painful bowel movements and how you can treat them.

1. Constipation

If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week and they tend to be painful, chances are you’re constipated.

Constipation causes stools that are hard, firm, and larger in size since they build up in the GI tract.

This can make them difficult and painful to pass through the anal canal, says Dr. Ellen Stein, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Watch out for other symptoms of constipation, which include:

  • Straining to pass stools
  • Stomach ache
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Feeling like you can’t completely empty your bowels
  • Feeling as if there’s a blockage in the rectum that prevents you from passing stool

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