Approximately 10.4 million Americans develop hemorrhoids every year, nearly 60 percent of whom are women.
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus region. They are caused by pressure and straining during bowel movements, obesity, anal intercourse, pregnancy and sitting on the toilet for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids can either develop internally or externally, but external ones often cause the most pain.
When a woman develops hemorrhoids during or after pregnancy, they're known as momrrhoids. They are caused by added weight placed on the uterus during pregnancy, which interferes with the function of pelvic blood vessels and causes blood to pool, forming the hemorrhoids. "They are very, very common," Dr. Lisa says.
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How to Prevent Hemorrhoids:
• Stay hydrated
• Increase intake of fiber
• Exercise regularly
• Maintain an ideal body weight
• Improve posture
• Reduce bowel movement time and strain
• Use moist or wet toilet paper
• Keep the anal area clean
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Multiple Missed Periods
Missed periods can be caused by a spectrum of issues, such as stress and travelling, to more serious matters, like pregnancy, hormonal imbalances and thyroid problems. If you have missed multiple periods, it is important to see your doctor and have it checked out.
"The period is a vital sign for women," Dr. Lisa says. "If it skips a few months in a row that means something's going on."
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