SPOT THE SIGNS

Women's Health (UK) - - OUT OF ORDER -

PROB­A­BLY OKAY

Bright-red blood on your toi­let pa­per post-poo. Chances are you’ve sim­ply got a small anal tear or a harm­less haem­or­rhoid.

PROB­A­BLY NOT

Darker blood or clots. The colour in­di­cates how long it’s been in the bowel, which in turn shows how high up it’s come from. It could be a sign of colon bleed­ing.

PROB­A­BLY OKAY

A stretch (even a week or two) of con­sti­pa­tion or strain­ing. You may sim­ply be de­hy­drated.

PROB­A­BLY NOT

Pro­longed con­sti­pa­tion for three weeks or more, to­gether with nar­row or thin, pen­cil-like stools. Con­sti­pa­tion is rel­a­tive – ev­ery­one poos with dif­fer­ing fre­quency; look for what’s out of the or­di­nary for you.

PROB­A­BLY OKAY

Cramp­ing or bloat­ing.

PROB­A­BLY NOT

Reg­u­lar ab­dom­i­nal pain that in­ter­rupts your rou­tine. See your GP ASAP.

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