Causes of piles

If you’ve got piles, don’t worry, you’re not alone. At some point, one in two of us could be affected. That’s 50% of everyone you know!

Piles are caused by increased pressure on the blood vessels in your bottom. These blood vessels stretch and swell, and before you know it, you’ve got one or several symptoms, including itchiness, pain, and maybe even bleeding.

Here are some common causes:

  • Constipation: Unpleasant enough in itself, the straining that comes with constipation creates pressure in all the wrong places. To soften things up, try upping your intake of fresh fruit and veg. (Find more about piles prevention here).
  • Toilet habits: Spending too much time on the toilet, and holding it in when you have to go, can both lead to piles. But, improving your diet can help.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth: The extra weight of your bundle of joy, plus the constipation that often comes with pregnancy, can put a lot of pressure on your lower organs. Not to mention all that pushing during labour!
  • Lifting heavy loads: Whether it’s lifting weights at the gym, hoisting your toddler about, or moving boxes at work, picking up heavy loads can put undue strain on your delicate tissues.
  • Being overweight: If you’re carrying a few extra pounds, you’re putting unnecessary strain on your abdomen. This, combined with a poor, low-fibre diet, is a recipe for piles.
  • Family history: You may not know if your parents ever suffered from piles. But if they did, you’ve got someone else to blame. (At least a little!)
Not sure you’ve got them?

Not sure you’ve got them?

If it’s your first time, you’ll want to see a doctor. But here’s a rundown of the common signs.

Symptoms of piles
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