Hemorrhoids: Lesser known facts


Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, is common a condition that affects both men and women.

Hemorrhoids are easily treatable and are rarely a cause of medical concern, though hemorrhoids do lead to discomfort, pain, itching, and blood in the stool.[1]


It is said that approximately half of all people will have hemorrhoids at least once in their lifetime by the age of 50.[2] Yes, the condition is that common, but still, hemorrhoids can be a cause of embarrassment. While most consumers know what hemorrhoids are, here are some facts about them that should be kept in mind:

Types of Hemorrhoids[3]

There are 3 types of hemorrhoids

  • Internal hemorrhoids: Found inside the rectum. While this type of hemorrhoid is usually painless, it may tend to bleed.
  • External hemorrhoids: Mostly feel like hard lumps. Causes small hemorrhages under the skin around the anus.
  • Prolapsed hemorrhoids: Essentially internal hemorrhoids but one may experience severe pain. In this case, the veins tend to push through the anus and hang out of the body.

Straining Bowel Movements[4]

During constipation one often applies strain and pressure for bowel movement. However, this can lead to hemorrhoids. Sitting on the toilet for a long period of time can also be a cause of hemorrhoids.

Lack of Physical Activity[5]

Not exercising enough or not having enough daily physical activity can effect regularity and the lack of blood flow in the rectal area may increase hemorrhoids.


Most women suffer through hemorrhoids during their pregnancy. The growing uterus applies increased pressure on the rectal area which causes the vein to swell up.


Different people show different symptoms of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are not always painful and some individuals may not even be aware that they may have a case of hemorrhoids.


Hemorrhoids can be passed down through the genes.


Hemorrhoids can happen to people of all ages, though they’re less common in children.

It is important to remember that the symptoms associated with hemorrhoids can be relieved with over-the-counter medication like Hemovel®, a simple, mess-free oral pill which is easy to administer. Hemovel® is an effective, convenient way to treat internal and external hemorrhoids and relieve pain, swelling and bleeding.

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