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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are hemorrhoids caused by stress?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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41 years experience
mechanical strain: When you strain while defecating, it increases pressure in the veins of your anus which can then cause them to balloon out. Sitting on the toilet too long, having anal sex, being obese, having chronic constipation or diarrhea, and having a low fiber diet or even being pregnant can cause hemorrhoids. So, indirectly, the answer is yes if stress causes you to have the runs or constipation.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm stressed out, can this cause my hemorrhoids to flare up?

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Dr. David Gutman
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Stress can definitely cause hemorrhoids to flare up.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes hemorrhoids?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 18 years experience
Pressure.: Too much pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area causes hemorrhoids. Normally, tissue inside the anus fills with blood to help control bowel movements. If you strain to move stool, the increased pressure causes the veins in this tissue to swell and stretch. This can cause hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids often develop in people with constipation, those who are overweight, or during pregnancy.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of hemorrhoids?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
Several: Genetics, hard stool, straining, heavy lifting, pregnancy, childbirth.
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