Pregnancy Problems – Haemorrhoids
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- Published on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 13:06
- Last Updated on 16 November 2017
- Anna Bridle
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Haemorrhoids are a common condition affecting around half of the population at some point in their lifetime. Simply put, haemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels in and around the lower rectum and anus.
Haemorrhoids have a number of causes, including:
Labour and childbirth
Straining during a bowel movement
Going to the toilet too little or too often
Lifting heavy weights
How to know if you have haemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids can be present without causing any symptoms but can also cause symptoms. Lumps around the bottom (that may prolapse), itching, bleeding, itching, aching and discomfort can all be symptoms of haemorrhoids. The symptoms may increase as time goes on if treatment is not sought.
Why pregnancy can cause haemorrhoids
Both men and women can be affected by haemorrhoids, but you’re more likely to get them when pregnant due to increased pelvic pressure as a result of your growing uterus. Constipation – a common problem during pregnancy – causes straining when on the toilet and also increases the likelihood that you will develop haemorrhoids. So too does the increase in the hormone progesterone, which is brought about by pregnancy.
How to treat haemorrhoids during pregnancy
If you are experiencing pain and bleeing from the anus and rectum you should not ignore these symptoms because, as well as being a sign of haemorrhoids, these are also symptoms of some cancers and so should always be checked out.
If your GP tells you that you have haemorrhoids, it is often best to wait to treat them until after the birth. This is because haemorrhoids often may tend settle down of their own accord after delivery, once pressure on the pelvis reduces.
What treatments are available?
There are many ways you can help prevent and ease haemorrhoids, including:
Eating a healthy diet of fibre rich foods such as beans, whole grains, vegetables and fruit
Drinking lots of water
Not putting off going to the toilet when you feel you need to go
Using a cold cloth or warm water to sooth the painful area
Over the counter topical treatments and simple pain killers
Patting rather than rubbing with toilet paper
If the preventative measures, home remedies and over the counter treatments are not working, this is the time you should probably seek help from a specialist.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about seeing your GP about the condition. As already explained, half of the population will experience haemorrhoids in their lifetime so it is something that all GPs are very used to seeing and treating.
Treatment options have improved significantly in recent years too. Whilst previously only surgery with a lengthy recovery time was an option, it is now possible to have haemorrhoids treated via a new treatment, known as Rafaelo ™, which is carried out under local anaesthetic and can take as little as 15 minutes to complete. You can find out more information on this treatment method, here.