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Risk of developing hemorrhoids is high among women during pregnancy: Dr Nanda Rajaneesh

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Piles, clinically termed as hemorrhoids, is one of the most common diseases seen among people during recent times and the risk of developing hemorrhoids is high among women during pregnancy and due to extreme changes their body goes through childbirth, menstrual cycles and hormonal changes, stated Dr Nanda Rajaneesh, laparoscopic surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bengaluru.

Hemorrhoids is caused due to the hormonal changes, that make veins to relax and results in bulging and protrusion of the tissue around anal region.

Dr Rajaneesh added that the chances of hemorrhoids increase if you have a family history of hemorrhoids and most women in their third trimester of pregnancy will experience them and if diagnosed at an early stage, piles can be treated without any invasive procedures.

The treatment of this condition varies depending on the size and type of hemorrhoids. Low grade hemorrhoids can be treated with few dietary and lifestyle modifications.

During pregnancy the rapid increase in the uterus size, constipation and a sharp increase in the progesterone hormone levels makes way for haemorrhoids  to occur in pregnant women. Occasionally, the abnormal swelling of varicose veins in the legs and in the vulva also leads to haemorrhoids during pregnancy, stated Dr Rajaneesh.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in India, roughly 41 million people suffer from piles and nearly 40% of these are pregnant women.

Although hemorrhoids is not a life threatening disease, it can prove to be dangerous and can cause serious complications, if ignored in the early stages.

“Post delivery, lactation and breast feeding the baby drains large amounts of water from the bodies of the mother, leading to hard stools and constipation. This can be averted by continuously replenishing the body with water, watching your diet and decreasing meat intake,” added Dr Rajaneesh.

A few lifestyle changes here and there can keep the disease of piles at bay but it's important that we pay attention to the changes in our body and seek help.


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