We get it. No one wants to talk about things going on in the rear.
Hemorrhoids fall at the top of the list of topics you would never bring up in a casual conversation. However, we need to know how to deal with these kinds of problems. Sometimes, you have to look for answers, and that may mean asking some embarrassing questions.
First, it’s important to understand what hemorrhoids are and how they happen. When veins in the rectum or anus swell, they can begin to protrude. This can lead to bleeding and discomfort. It’s a very common condition, especially for women who have just given birth.
Straining due to constipation during or after pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids. Other causes include lengthy periods of sitting on a toilet, obesity, anal intercourse, heavy lifting, and low-fiber diets.
That’s Great. Now, What Can I Do to Stop Hemorrhoids?
Most of the time, you can stop hemorrhoids on your own without help from a doctor. A warm bath or sitz bath can provide relief. Other options include applying Preparation H or witch hazel pads.
Even though this is a common medical condition, you should still monitor it closely and seek advice when needed. It’s rare, but some women require surgery to take care of the problem. If you have questions or develop hemorrhoids that don’t seem to go away, talk to your OB/GYN.
It may seem embarrassing, but that’s part of our job. You are not the only patient to discuss this kind of problem, and you won’t be the last. Give Women’s Health a call today to schedule an appointment and find a way to get rid of those pesky hemorrhoids!