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Kate Latimer, MA, LMHC

Santa Fe, NM 87508
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Causes of Hemorrhoids

Before covering the causes of hemorrhoids, knowing what are hemorrhoids and the simple hemorrhoids treatment remedies available can be helpful. Hemorrhoids can be extremely itchy, painful and like mine were, bleeding hemorrhoids. It can also help you recognize that you’re not alone in your search for a hemorrhoid cure using the home treatment.

So…What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are most often veins in the anus and rectum region that have become swollen and inflamed. Millions of people suffer from hemorrhoids on a day to day basis and all use a hemorrhoids treatment of some kind.

It is a fairly common illness that effects almost 50% of all people at some stage in their lifetime. The peak age is between 45 to 65 years. Hemorrhoids are typically broken into two main categories – Internal Hemorrhoids and External Hemorrhoids. Both can be treated with a natural hemorrhoids treatment.

Hemorrhoids Treatment Needed Because?

So, What Are Causes of Hemorrhoids?

Being Overweight – Having a few extra pounds around your abdomen and pelvis can cause extra pressure on your pelvic veins and lead to protrusions and hemorrhoid development.

Diarrhea or Constipation – If you experience persistent diarrhea or constipation, this will cause you to strain and we know what straining can do to your veins. Once again…hemorrhoids can develop and once again a hemorrhoids treatment is needed.

Pregnancy – Hemorrhoids are a common problem caused by hormonal changes and increased pressure by the growing fetus, which forces the veins to work harder to pump blood.

Straining and Rushing a Bowel Movement – When you try to hurry and get through a bowel movement you increase the pressure on the rectal veins. This was in my opinion the main reason for my bleeding hemorrhoid and all the itching and pain that came with my hemorrhoid.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency – Hemorrhoids can be a sign of general weakness in the veins. Contributing factors are standing or sitting for long periods, being overweight, not exercising enough, and smoking.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease may be the underlying cause of hemorrhoids.

Portal Hypertension – Increased pressure within the portal vein blood from the intestines to the liver causes what is known as a thrombosed hemorrhoid. A condition called liver cirrhosis is the most common cause.

Certain Medical Conditions – Long term heart or liver disease can cause blood to pool in your abdomen and pelvic area. The result can be enlarged and protruding veins which can lead to hemorrhoids and definitely a need for a home treatment.

Aging – Starting in the thirties, there is a progressive weakening of the support structures in the rectum and anal area.

Sadly,  I qualified for a handful of these causes of hemorrhoids. To say that finally finding a hemorrhoids treatment that was so simple to follow and worked so fast would be an understatement.


  1. Overview – Hemorrhoids – Mayo Clinic
  2. Health Guide Daily
  3. Actforlibraries


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Santa Fe, NM 87508
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