Causes of Hemorrhoids

The causes of hemorrhoids relates to genetic predisposition (weak rectal vein walls and/or valves), straining during bowel movements, and too much pressure on the rectal veins. Due to such pressure blood gets blocked in the veins and causes them to swell.Similarly, sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can also cause by hypertension, particularly in the portal vein due to the connections between the portal vein and the vena cava which occur in the rectal wall – known as portocaval anastomoses.

Poor toilet habits are responsible for the damage to the rectal veins and thus causes Hemorrhoids. Although some of our toilet habits are temporary, they can create serious bowel related problems.

Insufficient time for Bowel Movement is one of the toilet habits that can be responsible for the occurrence of Hemroids.

Increased straining during bowel movements, (e.g. constipation, diarrhea) may lead to hemorrhoids.

Pregnancy causes hypertension and increases strain during bowel movements, and thus hemorrhoids are often associated with pregnancy.

Not taking enough fluids may result in dry and hard stool, and that can facilitate the development of Hemorrhoids.

Consumption of alcohol in excess can also lead to hemorrhoids.

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