Anal Sex Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are cause by blood vessels and tissue in or around the anus that swells and becomes irritated. Internal hemorrhoids can easily be ruptured and cause a small amount of bleeding if hard stools scrape them during a bowel movement. External hemorrhoids are usually very irritating and painful and present as a sac like protrusion just outside of the anus. There are many things that can cause hemorrhoids including hard stools and straining during a bowel movement, sitting for prolonged periods on hard surfaces, being overweight or pregnant, or lifting heavy objects. All of these activities can also worsen an existing hemorrhoid. Some people worry that anal sex can also cause hemorrhoids, and while it can certainly worsen an existing hemorrhoid, anal sex does not cause them. Hemorrhoids are caused by straining which puts pressure on blood vessels on the anus, not by friction.
Diet is also a factor in developing hemorrhoids. A diet that is low in fiber and high in fat can cause hard stools and constipation which will put pressure on your rectum during bowel movements and can cause the blood vessels in the anus to swell. Hard stools will then irritate or rupture the hemorrhoid causing bleeding, pain, and itching. While this is the most common cause of hemorrhoids, lifting heavy objects, pregnancy, and being overweight can also cause hemorrhoids. While anal sex does not cause the swelling in the rectum that contributes to hemorrhoids, the friction it creates can further irritate the condition.
Avoid Anal Sex if You Have Hemorrhoids
If you do not have hemorrhoids you do not have to worry about anal sex causing them. However, if you already have hemorrhoids you should avoid anal sex or take precautions because the friction can irritate and worsen the hemorrhoids that are already there. Ample lubricant will help to reduce friction as well as gentle approach. If your hemorrhoids worsen or do not heal, it is important to forgo anal sex until you have had a chance to seek treatment for your hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are Caused by Hard Stools not Anal Sex
Because hemorrhoids are usually caused by hard stools and straining during a bowel movement, changing your diet to include more water and fiber is a good way to soften your stools and will give your hemorrhoids the chance to heal. You can also find over the counter stool softeners that will help to produce soft stools as well as ointments and other medications that will help to relieve other symptoms such as itching, burning, and pain.
Only the most sever cases of hemorrhoids require surgery or other medical intervention, and in these cases anal sex should be avoided both before surgery to reduce the chances of further irritation and after until the rectum has had a chance to heal fully. You do not have to worry about anal sex hemorrhoids because the act itself cannot cause them, only worsen existing ones. If you suspect that you have hemorrhoids it is best to either stop having anal sex until after they have healed or be very gentle by using lots of lubrication to prevent the friction form further irritating them.