About 1 in 20 Americans have hemorrhoids. These are swollen veins around the anus or lower rectal area. They occur as a result of increased pressure in the lower rectum, which can happen as a result of:
Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy as a result of the growing uterus, straining, and the increase in the hormone progesterone.
- The Growing Uterus
As the uterus grows, so is the pressure it creates on the pelvic veins and on the large vein on the right side of the body (also known as the inferior vena cava). This increases the pressure on the veins below the uterus, making them swell.
- The Increase in the Hormone Progesterone
During pregnancy there is an increase in the hormone progesterone, which contributes to constipation. It also relaxes the walls of the veins, making them easier to swell.
Straining during bowel movement, which can happen as a result of low fiber in the diet is one of the most common causes of hemorrhoids. Straining can increase the pressure within the blood vessels, making them more prone to swelling.
A sedentary lifestyle and jobs that require prolonged sitting increase one’s risk of developing hemorrhoids. Just like with straining, prolonged sitting can increase the pressure within the blood vessel wall.
Seeing a Hemorrhoids Specialist
Although hemorrhoids are not life-threatening, they can be uncomfortable. They can cause itchiness around the anal and rectal areas, bleeding, and pain. If you suspect that you have hemorrhoids, the Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville can help.
Premier Surgical’s dedicated hemorrhoids specialist, Dr. Stone Mitchell, can assess your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment for you. We have minimally invasive options to end the pain, bleeding, and other symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
Stop living with hemorrhoids! Call the Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center to schedule an appointment today!