Glossary On Causes of hemorrhoids

There are a number of reasons and factors which together contribute to the development of piles (hemorrhoids). The common causes of piles have been described here:

  • Chronic or frequent constipation leading to repeated straining during a bowel movement
  • Poor eating habits (diet low in fiber, irregular meals) can worsen constipation thereby aggravating hemorrhoids
  • Sedentary lifestyle, occupations demanding frequent long distance driving
  • Obesity can worsen hemorrhoids
  • Increased pressure on veins in the pelvic area during pregnancy can also lead to Hemorrhoids. In addition, straining to push the baby out during labor can make piles worse
  • Anal intercourse
  • Hereditary tendency
  • Some patients may become anemic due to regular loss of blood on account of Hemorrhoids resulting in dizziness, fainting, weakness, etc.

Piles (hemorrhoids) are more likely to occur with increasing age because the tissues that support the veins in your rectum and anus can weaken with aging.