Don’t freak out even if you find yourself with dark red blood clots on your stools! It may be alarming, but it’s probably not an emergency and can be treated with rest and hydration at home. Dark red blood clots are typically small but can sometimes be significant (as in the picture above).
However, you can be okay regardless of how big and tiny those are. Here’s what causes dark red blood clots to appear in your Stool and why you should see a doctor if they persist.
Why Am I Pooping Blood Clots
While most people worry about having too much blood in their Stool, sometimes they’re surprised to learn they’re also bleeding. However, worrying over a few red or black dots of blood isn’t always necessary.
In some cases, it could be nothing serious. Suppose you’re experiencing any symptoms related to your bowel movements—whether color changes or pain—it’s essential to see your doctor and share what you’ve noticed.
But before you call up your doc and make an appointment for next week—take note of these causes and treatments for bloody stools so that you can start formulating a game plan right away! (And if you need to head into your doctor’s office sooner rather than later, check out our tips on saving time at your next visit.)
What Causes Blood Clots
Blood clotting occurs when small pieces of coagulated protein known as fibrin are deposited along a wound and eventually seal off an injury. This helps to stop bleeding and promotes faster healing of wounds.
There are numerous causes of blood clotting, including surgery, trauma injuries (car accidents, falls), pregnancy, and birth control use. Hemorrhoids are a common cause of bleeding and rectal prolapse (when part of your large intestine protrudes out through your anus). Blood clotting can be treated with anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin; however, surgery is usually necessary if related to hemorrhoids or rectal prolapse.
If you have had recent surgeries or other medical conditions that may have led to blood clotting, contact your doctor immediately. You must receive treatment for any potential complications right away to prevent further damage.
Suppose you don’t have any significant medical conditions that could be causing your symptoms. In that case, there’s nothing wrong with not seeing a doctor right away. Make sure you monitor yourself closely and seek help if you notice any changes in your stool or bowel movements. Whether you have prolonged stomach discomfort, notably if it is backed by nausea and vomiting, you should see a doctor.
Dark Red Blood Clot Color
If you’re experiencing bloody Stool and no pain, there could be a few causes. Perhaps your bowels aren’t moving as quickly as they should due to constipation or IBS. This can lead to some bleeding. If that’s not the case for you, let’s look at your diet and nutrition to determine if that might be what’s happening here. A diet low in iron can cause black stools, essentially just blood passing through your digestive tract.
However, a high-vitamin C diet can cause your poop to turn red due to its oxidizing effects on bile. So, suppose you’re eating lots of vitamin C-rich foods like oranges and lemons (or taking vitamin C supplements), then yes.
In that case, your poop may turn bright red — but without any pain. Many people experience bright-red poop from time to time when they eat these foods! You should also recognize if some prescription drugs you’re carrying, particularly antibiotics but rather ibuprofen, could be causing an upset stomach (Advil).
Antibiotics kill off good bacteria and harmful bacteria, leading to an upset stomach with diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and gas and bloating.
Why did I have Blood Clots in my Stool
Blood in your Stool, also known as hematochezia, is a severe sign of bleeding from your bowels. Hematochezia can be due to colon cancer or another disease that affects your digestive tract. You should see a doctor right away if you see any rectal bleeding. Doctors typically recommend that patients record how much blood they have in their Stool. It will help them find out what is causing you to bleed and how they can treat it. After writing down how much blood was in your Stool and when you saw it, wait at least 12 hours and write down everything you eat over those next 12 hours. Contact your doctor immediately if you continue to see blood in your Stool after 24 hours.
How Can I Prevent Blood Clots in the Future
According to Vein Care Medical Group and Vein Clinics of America, you can prevent blood clots by staying on top of your health. Before surgery, take aspirin daily for ten days to help avoid a chunk from forming. Also, drink plenty of water and increase your activity level to improve circulation. If you’re using birth control pills or hormone therapy (HT), talk with your doctor about changes you might make in these medications; they may contribute to clotting problems. And if you smoke, try to quit.
Cigarette smoke tends to raise your risk of heart attack as much as HT does. Finally, keep track of any signs of something wrong: swelling in one leg only, unusual bleeding, or feeling tired and short of breath. All of these symptomatology’s necessitate urgent medical care.
No need to panic if you find dark red blood in your Stool. It is from hemorrhoids or some other non-life-threatening cause. Generally, it does not mean you have a medical condition that needs immediate attention. Suppose you have persistent bleeding, though (in other words, more than just one time). Within this particular instance, I recommend you to seek medical attention immediately for the various investigative procedures.
The best ways to get relief from hemorrhoids include:
- Warm water baths.
- I’m sitting on an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
- Adding fiber to your diet.
- Keeping active.
Improving your amounts of vitamin C and using Prep work H (the pink stuff) each day after a bowel progression also could help speed up healing.