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Are men or women more susceptible to hemorrhoids

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Gutman
19 years experience Internal Medicine
About the same: The incidence of hemorrhoids is about the same in both sexes.
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
24 years experience Family Medicine
Tossup: This one is a toss-up. Women are more prone to hemorrhoids because of pregnancy. This causes dilatation of the hemorrhoidal veins. Men who are over ... Read More

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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Avoid such Doctors: Please let me warn you that medicine is a very conservative culture and many physicians have significant inappropriate bias. Any physician who speaks ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Bloating/ gas/ pain: May be food intolerances, record what occurs when eat dairy, gluten soy, or try no dairy x 1 wk ,then no gluten x 1 week then no soy x 1 week, Constip ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Risk Factors?: Factors that impact hemorrhoids include: straining w bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity, sitting on the toilet for a long time, aging, heredity, cons ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varicose veins: Hemorrhoids are merely varicose veins at the opening of the anus. Pregnant women have an increased blood volume, and the veins in the pelvis become d ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neria Hebbar
Specializes in General Surgery
Depends: Usually during second trimester when the weight of the fetus starts pressing on the veins in the pelvis. As a result of effects of hormones during pr ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Sitz baths: For really bad hemorrhoids you need to decrease the inflammation and keep it clean. Keeping it clean involves sitz baths. Do this after every bowel ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Abdominal pressure: Increased intra abdominal pressure. Stay well hydrated, eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit, stay physically active.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
29 years experience General Surgery
Yes: External and internal hemorrhoids are aggravated by straining and poor bowel habits. As long as you keep your stools soft and avoid prolonged straini ... Read More

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