Myths vs. Facts

Myth: Once I get hemorrhoids, they will be a recurring problem for me.
This isn’t always the case, especially for people who develop hemorrhoids due to a temporary situation, such as pregnancy, childbirth or straining through a difficult bowel movement. It is important to note that most treatments for hemorrhoids are effective, but to prevent them from coming back, you will need to maintain a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids for softer stools.
Myth: Only older people get hemorrhoids.
While it is true that about half of all people have experienced hemorrhoids by age 50, getting older isn’t the only reason for developing them. Other risk factors include pregnancy or chronic constipation. People concerned with developing hemorrhoids as they get older should take strides in preventing them from developing in the first place. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day, eat a high fiber diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and take daily fiber supplements.
Myth: Hemorrhoids are uncommon and embarrassing.
Actually, hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women, and about half of all people have hemorrhoids by the time they turn 50.
Myth: Hemorrhoids are difficult to treat.
There are many ways to treat hemorrhoids, from minimal at-home remedies to outpatient procedures or even surgery. Initial treatment will depend on what prompted the hemorrhoids in the first place. All treatments are relatively easy and painless, including outpatient procedures.
Myth: Hemorrhoids increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
If you suspect that you have hemorrhoids, it is important to see a doctor to rule out anything more serious, because the symptoms of colorectal cancer can be similar. However, developing hemorrhoids in no way indicates an increased risk for cancer.
Myth: I eat plenty of fiber so I don’t ever have to worry about hemorrhoids.
While eating fiber is one of the best things you can do to help prevent hemorrhoids from developing, dietary habits are not the only factor involved. Bathroom habits have plenty of influence over the formation of hemorrhoids. Avoid sitting for a long period of time or straining during a bowel movement. And in addition to continuing to eat plenty of fiber, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.