2. Myth: I shouldn’t strain on the toilet because it causes hemorrhoids.
Truth: Straining or pushing on the throne certainly can contribute to hemorrhoids. But the thinking seems to be changing as to what exactly hemorrhoids are. “For many years, scientists thought they were caused by large varicose veins in the anal area. But a lot of that thought has fallen out of common acceptance,” says Dr. Xenodemetropoulos. Instead, researchers and scientists believe that hemorrhoids are actually a breakdown of the supporting tissues and anal cushions in the rectal region. “And over time it results in the enlargement of regional veins,” he says. When the walls of those veins and surrounding tissue become inflamed, the painful and sometimes itchy hemmeroids form. Straining does play a role in the formation of hemorrhoids so as mom may have warned you, don’t push if it’s not ready to come out.