Anal Fissures & Hemorrhoids In Pregnant Women - Differences
Anal fissures and hemorrhoids are both very common in pregnant women as well as in others including the elderly. Bleeding hemorrhoids in pregnant women may occur during the last few months of pregnancy or even during the strain of labor. Some pregnant women may notice fissures during pregnancy or after labor.
What Causes a Hemorrhoid?
All hemorrhoids start out in the same way. There are veins which become swollen and fill with blood, causing a hemorrhoid to form. In a woman's anal cavity, as well as her uterus, these veins become swollen due to the pressure put onto them. Hemorrhoids usually appear inside and around the anal cavity opening and can be small in size and go up to the size of a grape which can be itchy or painful. When going to the bathroom and the bowel movement is very hard, it can actually push on the hemorrhoid so much that it causes it to leak a small amount of blood onto the stool. This blood may appear as small dots on the toilet tissue or even be seen on the stool itself. When the stool is trapped in the body and is not being released, it becomes more and more hard causing a person to become constipated. In the case of constipation, the strain of making a bowel movement can push on these veins in the anal canal so much that they become hemorrhoids.
Should I Worry When my Hemorrhoids Bleed?
The bleeding of hemorrhoids may be unpleasant and uncomfortable but is not usually cause for concern unless it is severe. Eating a diet high in fruit and fiber, as well as drinking lots of water can reduce constipation and thereby the chance that hemorrhoids will start to bleed. Should there be a large amount of bleeding it is advisable to seek a consultation with a medical professional.
Anal fissures - these do bleed
An anal fissure is basically one or more little tears in the anal cavity which bleed when a person has a hard stool. Anal fisurres may become larger if a person is often constipated, from holding in a stool for long periods of time or even from having a bad diet with a lack of water and fiber. Sometimes the anal cavity may tear on its own in stressful situations where the muscles are used a lot. Anal fissures can be taken care of with proper treatment for the symptoms and a good diet (which emphasizes on making the stool softer and easier to pass). Sometimes the anal fissures will not disappear and may even cause scars to be left behind.
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