Painful bowel movements can be both embarrassing and demoralizing for anyone that is experiencing them. Knowing how to treat these types of bowel movements can help any individual that is experiencing them. There are a few ways that you can treat these at home or on your own before consulting an expensive doctor for an invasive exam.
- The most common and simple treatment for painful bowel movements is the consumption of a laxative. Pain during a bowel movement is usually caused by previous strain during a regular bowel movement. This strain can cause stretches and potential fissures in the anal tissue which can then lead to pain during a bowel movement. Taking a laxative can alleviate any strain during a bowel movement, giving the anal tissue time to heal.
- Another possible solution is to take a sitz bath. Bathing in a tub of sitz can relieve the tissue around the anus and allow an accelerated healing of torn tissue.
- If the problem is not anal fissures or a like symptom, the next thing to try is to try a hemorrhoid cream. The second most common cause of painful bowel movements are hemorrhoids which crop up in the anus and cause pain while walking, sitting, and especially during bowel movements. Hemorrhoid cream is the best solution to such a problem.
- If none of these things work, try a pain medication. Though this is not suggested, sometimes, a bowel movement is simply too large for you to handle. If this is the case, try some pain relievers first. If this persists, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medications.
If none of the above work, you may need to consult a doctor. Any other causes of pain during bowel movements would be an internal problem such as an abscess within the anus or, in most extreme cases, cancer of the anus. These can only be diagnosed and treated by a trained physician.