What causes hemorrhoids?

There are many factors that can cause hemorrhoids. Most of them lead to hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in your abdomen and making blood vessels swell:2

  • Constipation and straining during bowel movements Straining when you are constipated is one of the major causes of hemorrhoids.
  • Diarrhea Can often mean sitting on the toilet for long periods of time, which is also not good for hemorrhoids.
  • Activities and conditions that put pressure on your abdomen: What causes hemorrhoids
    • Heavy lifting It can be weights at the gym or heavy boxes at work.
    • Prolonged standing and sitting
    • Obesity In addition to carrying extra pounds, a poor diet also may be a factor.
    • Pregnancy and childbirth The weight of your developing baby, constipation, and pushing during labour make hemorrhoids common. Click here for more information.

Adding to the above factors, your chances of experiencing hemorrhoids increase with age2. So, if you are over 50, take extra notice of what you can do to decrease your chances of getting hemorrhoids.

There is plenty you can do about them

  • You can help relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms with over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent hemorrhoids and make them feel less painful.