Getting a hemorrhoid is unpleasant and uncomfortable, and if you've ever had one, you might find yourself wondering how it even happened in the first place. Hemorrhoids are actually very common, and there are a number of everydayhabits you may not have realized could be causes of hemorrhoids. Anything that involves sitting down for too long or putting strain on your bottom area can cause this unwanted condition, and your daily activities may include more of these types of habits than you previously thought.
"Hemorrhoids are swollen veins at the lower end of your rectum and anus," Navya Mysore, MDCM, CCFP tells Bustle. "They swell with increased pressure, which can make the walls of the veins thin and therefore at risk for irritation. Hemorrhoids are classified into two separate groups — internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids originate in the rectum (higher up) and external originates in the anus (lower down)."
Hemorrhoids most commonly occur as a result of straining on the toilet, but they can also happen more frequently when you're pregnant or from anal intercourse. Because 75 percent of people experience hemorrhoids in their life, you'll want to know the best ways to avoid them. Here are seven common habits you didn't know cause hemorrhoids, according to experts.