Hemorrhoids are common conditions that affect both men and women. Some studies have shown that men are slightly more prone to developing hemorrhoids – both internal and external.
What causes hemorrhoids in men?
Women commonly develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes and the pressure exerted by the growing uterus. For men, hemorrhoids are more likely to occur as a result of heavy lifting or engaging in strenuous activities.
Lifting and straining can cause added pressure on the rectum and the anus. Over time, it can cause the rectal vessels to become swollen.
Aside from the heavy lifting, hemorrhoids can also develop in men as a result of unhealthy eating. Eating highly processed food is a major risk factor for developing hemorrhoids. Unlike “real” food, these foods are low in fiber, making one more prone to constipation. Straining during bowel movement can create more pressure and cause enlargement of the veins around the rectum.
The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids are almost the same for men and women, although some studies suggest that men could be less tolerant of the symptoms.
The most common signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include painless bleeding, pain or discomfort, swelling around the anus, itching or irritation in the anal region, and a lump near the anus. This lump can be painful or sensitive to touch.
Hemorrhoids can be a great source of discomfort. But the good news is, it can now be treated with minimally invasive procedures. Unlike traditional hemorrhoid treatments, these procedures are:
- Less invasive
- Can be done in a short amount of time (usually less than an hour!)
- Do not require anesthesia
- Do not involve cutting or stitching
If your hemorrhoids have been bothering you, it’s time to seek treatment now. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. At Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Center. in Knoxville, our dedicated Hemorrhoid Specialist can evaluate your condition and recommend the treatment best suited for you.
Request an appointment online, or call (865) 588-9952 to speak with someone today.