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What causes piles?

The root cause of developing piles is associated with an increase in pressure around your anus. Whilst everyone could be prone to developing haemorrhoids, it’s not entirely clear why some do and some don’t. There are thought to be around 8 million sufferers in the UK alone, so more common than you might have thought.

Why do some people suffer with haemorrhoids and others don’t?

For most people, the cause of piles will be down to lifestyle. This is often due to a lack of fibre in the diet. A low fibre diet is often linked to people suffering with constipation, which invariably means, when opening your bowels, you have to squeeze or strain harder than usual. This significantly increases the pressure around the anus, which over time means the blood vessels around your bottom might develop into haemorrhoids.

Being overweight has been associated with the cause of piles. This may be due to the overall increase in blood pressure that can be part of being overweight, including around the anal region, where this increased pressure can put the blood vessels under undue stress that could lead to the development of haemorrhoids.

Increasing age can also be one of the causes of piles. It’s a sad fact, that the older you get, the weaker the walls of your blood vessels can get. This means that smaller increases in pressure around the anus are more likely to cause a haemorrhoid.

Having a positive family history of piles is known to be a contributory factor in your own risk of getting piles. If your parents and family members have suffered with haemorrhoids, it could well be that you have inherited a weakness in the veins around your anus. It doesn’t mean that you will definitely become a sufferer, but if you know that your family has a history of piles, then a simple adjustment of diet to high fibre may help avoid your following in their footsteps.

Getting piles during pregnancy is one of those things that expectant mothers might not be aware of. The increase in blood pressure during pregnancy and the way the baby may be laying inside your womb will put the veins around your bottom under increased stress. The increase in the hormone progesterone relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, which makes it more likely that you will develop haemorrhoids. Whilst this adds to the list of other things to be aware of for expectant mothers, in most cases the piles will clear naturally after you have given birth.

Can stress cause piles?

The mental and physical symptoms of stress such as bad diet and lack of exercise can lead to constipation. If the constipation persists it can be a cause of piles. As mentioned, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle if at all possible during periods of stress.

Is there a cure for haemorrhoids?

There is NO cure that will prevent you from ever getting haemorrhoids but there are treatments that can eradicate the haemorrhoids that you have.

The main treatment options can be found here: hemorrhoid treatments
eXroid Electrotherapy Treatment is a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that will eradicate your internal piles and for most people, enable you to get back to your life on the same day.

A discreet call to one of our advisors will get you on the first steps to saying goodbye to your piles. Appointments are usually sorted within two weeks. All treatments are carried out by fully qualified doctors. Contact us

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