A young man who read my article on sexually transmitted diseases recently called for consultation. During the session, this young man told me about the persistent pain and itching in his anus any time he wanted to pass stools.
Proctitis is defined as an inflammation of the anus (the opening) and lining of the rectum (lower part of the intestine leading to the anus). Symptoms of proctitis can vary greatly. One may first have only minor problems. Proctitis affects the last six inches of the rectum and can cause the following: pain during a bowel movement, soreness in the anal and rectal area, feeling that one did not completely empty the bowels after a bowel movement, spasms and cramping during bowel movements, bleeding, and possibly a discharge. Proctitis can last a short time or become a chronic condition (last for weeks or months or longer).