Bowel habits, physical
stresses, and other conditions can raise the risk of developing
hemorrhoids or make existing hemorrhoids worse. Some
of these factors can be prevented.
Things that increase your risk
Constipation or diarrhea that does not go away. These
conditions may lead to straining with bowel movements.
A family history of hemorrhoids. You may inherit the tendency
to get them.
Being age 50 or older. Half of people who are older
than 50 seek treatment for hemorrhoids.
Pregnancy and labor and
delivery. As the fetus grows during the last 6 months of pregnancy, blood
volume and pressure on pelvic blood vessels increase. The strain of labor also
can cause hemorrhoids to start or get worse.
Liver disease, heart
disease, or both. These conditions may cause blood to back up in the pelvis and
Things that may make hemorrhoids worse
Hemorrhoids may be made worse by:
Prolonged sitting or standing. This may cause
blood to pool in the anal area and increase pressure on the
Frequent heavy lifting or holding your breath when lifting
heavy objects. This can cause a sudden increase of pressure in blood