• Frequently Asked Questions

    Are hemorrhoids hereditary?

    There are many factors, which contribute to the development of hemorrhoids and genetics can play a role. In fact, if you see a doctor about hemorrhoid symptoms, it’s quite likely that they will ask if anyone in your family has had them. If so, your likelihood of getting them is greater.

    Can I get hemorrhoids from sitting on a cold floor?

    No, developing hemorrhoids has nothing to do with temperature. Conditions that add pressure to the abdomen, such as constipation, pregnancy, childbirth or obesity can cause hemorrhoids.

    How can I prevent hemorrhoids?

    To help protect you against developing hemorrhoids, try incorporating the following lifestyle changes:

    • Don’t hold it: Use the washroom when you have the urge to go, avoid straining, prolonged sitting or reading on the toilet, and don’t rush; all these will help avoid the build-up of pressure.
    • Inactivity: Avoid sitting or standing still for long periods of time, inappropriately lifting heavy items or holding your breath while lifting. This increases pressure on the anus causing local blood vessels to swell. If pregnant, sleeping on your side can reduce pressure on the blood vessels in your pelvis, preventing hemorrhoids from increasing. 

    How do I know if I have hemorrhoids?

    Hemorrhoid symptoms include pain, itching, rectal bleeding. Sometimes the hemorrhoid will protrude from the anus. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, visit your physician. A physical evaluation will confirm a diagnosis of hemorrhoids

    What causes hemorrhoids? 

    There are many factors that may increase your risk of developing hemorrhoids:

    • Low fibre intake in your diet
    • Obesity
    • Straining during a bowel movement
    • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
    • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet
    • Rushing to complete a bowel movement
    • Pregnancy
    • Anal intercourse
    • Alcoholism
    • Illness; long-term heart or liver disease which can cause blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvic area

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