Hemorrhoids may be caused by any number of factors, from frequent sitting to straining during bowel movements, to genetic predisposition. But one of the most common causes is surely pregnancy and childbirth, which can put an extraordinary strain on the blood vessels in and around the anus.
Anticipating this problem does little to prevent it, as childbirth sites and forums frequently stress. This is one byproduct of the birthing process that may well be inevitable for many women:
Your bowel movements are probably going to hurt after you have a baby. Because you just gave birth, your veins are irritated and you probably have anal fissures, which cause both pain during bowel movements and hemorrhoids.
Typically symptoms like these will resolve on their own as the body heals and women become more active in the weeks and months after childbirth. But some hemorrhoids may persist or recur with discouraging frequency. Even if the internal hemorrhoids resolve, the external hemorrhoids may still persist as well as the accompanying anal skin tags which are not cosmetically pleasing to most women.
When the issue becomes chronic, you have a few good options available. If sitz baths and over the counter medications don’t work, it may be time to look into more aggressive approaches such as rubber band ligation or infrared coagulation – two procedures an expert proctologist can perform for you. Alternative hemorrhoid procedures that are painless include sclerotherapy injections.