9 things doctors want you to know about your butt

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As women, we know how important it is to take care of our vaginas. But it’s time you showed your booty some love, too. That’s why we asked some top butt doctorsa.k.a colon and rectal surgeons (the term proctologist isn’t used anymore!)what you need to know about your behind.

“We specialize in diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus,” says Alexis Grucela, M.D., colorectal surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.  “This can range from treating malignant conditions like colon and rectal cancer, to colitis and Crohns disease, to benign anal conditions like hemorrhoids. And yeswe love the poop emoji.” (Heal your whole body with Rodale’s 12-day power plan for better health.

So what do these specialized physicians want you to know about your butt? Here’s what they said.

1. DONT WAX YOUR BUTT

“Sometimes women who do a lot of bikini waxing ask if its okay to wax around the anus, and I generally discourage that. Its natural to have hair there and the skin around your anus is very sensitive. Ingrown hairs there are difficult to deal with. The smartest thing to do is leave that hair there.” Jean Ashburn, M.D., a colorectal surgeon at Cleveland Clinic

2. THE TOILET SHOULDNT BE YOUR ZEN PLACE

“Many people read, check email, play on their phones, escape work, kids, or life, or do other activities on the pot. The toilet works like a gravity sink and your hemorrhoids engorge with blood and swell from this. Limiting your time on the toilet can improve or help prevent hemorrhoid symptoms. Try meditation or yoga instead.” Grucela

3. WASH WITH WARM WATER

“We’re talking about a delicate area! The best way to clean is with warm water. No need to rub and scruband definitely no need for antibacterial soap. Skip the baby wipes, too; they clog toilets and can cause allergic reactions to the delicate skin in the area.” Alex Ky, M.D., an associate professor of colon and rectal surgery/proctology in the Mount Sinai Health System

4. FIBER IS YOUR FRIEND

Fiber plays a huge role in colon healthit bulks your stool by binding water, preventing issues like hemorrhoids and diverticulitis [inflammation in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract]. Women under 50 should aim for 25 grams daily through foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, and nuts and seeds.” Amy Lightner, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

5. PREGNANCY CHANGES THINGS

“Everybodys backside looks and is different. Its also normal for women, especially after having children, to have skin tags, hemorrhoids, and swollen tissues that may remain swollen that maybe your friends dont have. Everyone goes through life and pregnancy differentlytheres not a ‘normal.’ Its about whats normal for each individual person. That said, if youre concerned about a change in how something looks, please tell me.” Ashburn

6. ITS POSSIBLE TO GET MELANOMA DOWN THERE

“You can get cancer in places that never see the sun. Be sure to get checked for melanomaa form of skin cancerin your anal area, even though it’s not exposed to sunlight.” Ky

7. REPEAT AFTER US: PAIN AND BLEEDING ARE NOT NORMAL

“Pain and bleeding are common complaints from patients. Bleeding can be for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes, its something simple like hemorrhoids. But any abnormalities like blood in the stool or pain are typically signs you should be evaluated.” Bipan Chand, M.D., the gastrointestinal-minimally invasive surgery director at Loyola University Medical Center

8. YOU NEED A COLONOSCOPY AT AGE 50

“Preventative measures matter. Just like a Pap smear looks for abnormalities in the cervix, a colonoscopy looks for abnormalities in the colon and rectum. In general, most people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. If you have any significant personal or family history of colon cancer, that age may be earlier.” Chand

9. COLON AND RECTAL CANCERS ARE SOME OF THE MOST PREVENTABLE, SO PAY ATTENTION TO CHANGES

“Dont ignore changes in bowel habits because of embarrassment. The people who say I would die of embarrassment might actually do so.” Randolph Steinhagen, M.D., the chief of colon and rectal surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

This article originally appeared on WomensHealthMag.com.

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