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Haemorrhoids and Anal Sex

Posted in Sexual Health 02 Jun, 2015

Haemorrhoids. Not just the name of my old University band, but frequent visitors to many a backside. They are never a cause for celebration. In fact, you're likely to be frozen solid in horror. What is THAT knocking on my back door? Well my friend you may have a pile. A haemorrhoid. It's time to sit on your office chair slowly so your co-workers can't tell (they won't notice - it's all in your mind).

What Are Haemorrhoids?

They are swollen veins on the inside or outside of your sphincter. They appear after a build-up of pressure, such as when you strain for a poo, are pregnant, are overweight, weight lift or have a dose of diarrhoea. You may have bright red bleeding, mucus, itching, pain and obvious lumps around your bum. It's thought at least 50% of the population has suffered from them or will in the future, and although the over 50's are more likely to have them, younger folk are not immune.

How to Prevent and Treat Piles

Eating a high bran diet ensures you don't get constipated and therefore don't strain on the toilet. That and keeping your weight down may prevent piles. Nearly every medical complaint comes with the recommendation to drink more water, and haemorrhoids are no exception. Water stops you getting constipated. We know what straining on the toilet leads to.

If it's too late then use baby wipes to clean yourself instead of toilet paper, because keeping the area clean is really important. Hot baths will help ease any pain. Over-the-counter prescriptions are good for numbing discomfort and shrinking the haemorrhoids back to size.

You can push piles back in if you are gentle and they are not too large. Any piles that are causing constant pain, bleeding or severe discomfort need to be seen by your doctor. There are different grades of piles needing different types of treatment from topical creams to surgery.

Can I Have Anal Sex With Piles?

Now there's a question. Only you can tell; it's not a medical no-no. That said, haemorrhoids are generally painful and anyone prodding the area is likely to get a good telling off. If the drink has kicked in and you are going to do it anyway then lubrication is essential, as well as telling your partner you have a haemorrhoid so they can go slow and stop if you need to. Be careful of arousal creams as they can dilate blood vessels, making piles worse.

Be aware that piles can bleed; they are swollen veins after all, so always use a condom to avoid contracting an STI.

Does Anal Sex Cause Haemorrhoids?

There's no evidence of this, although anal sex will probably aggravate existing piles, including the ones you don't realise you have, causing them to come out of your bum or 'prolapse'. Now there's a term to scare you stupid.

Oh, one last thing. Haemorrhoids can't be caught through anal sex. They are not an STI, but simply dilated veins. Don't be too embarrassed to ask your doctor for advice or buy the cream. Although you wouldn't talk about them at the pub, they are pretty common and easily treated.

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