usually caused by increased pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal
area. As pressure increases, blood pools in veins and causes them to swell.
Eventually, the swollen veins stretch the surrounding tissue, and hemorrhoids
Bowel habits that can cause increased pressure and lead
to the development of hemorrhoids include:
Hemorrhoids may or may not cause symptoms. They may include:
Pain and discomfort around the anus.
Moist, pink pads of skin protruding from the anus; sometimes the skin may appear purple or blue.
Bleeding from the anus.
Pregnancy and labor. Hormonal changes during pregnancy
increase blood flow to the pelvis and relax supportive tissues while the
growing fetus causes increased pressure on blood vessels. During labor,
hemorrhoids may develop because of the intense pressure on the anal area while
pushing to deliver the baby.
Medical conditions. For example,
long-term heart and liver disease may cause blood to pool in the abdomen and
pelvic area, enlarging the veins.