I have irritable bowel, how often should a colonoscopy be performed?

I am female and 65. I have irritable bowel. I have hemorrhoids that sometimes bleed – maybe every 7 to 8 weeks or so. Sometimes I can go for months with no bleeding. If I get constipated, I may have the bleeding. I have had in my life 3 colonoscopies all clean -no polyps. The last one was in 2011. So, when you have a patient that does bleed every so often, how often should a colonoscopy be performed? No family history.

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Dr.Honey
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Hi..
If your previous colonoscopy es we’re clear and even the hemorrhoids are not bothering too much then you need not to worry much, however colonoscopy can be done in an year or two or as advised by your Gastroenterologist if there are worsening of symptoms..

Hope this helps..

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