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Why hemorrhoids pain spreads to the vaginal area and 5 ways to treat it

Author: Steve Stretton
February 03, 2021
Post In: hemorrhoids

Also known as “piles”, hemorrhoids are quite common and can affect up to 5 percent of the general population, especially those over the age of 50. Although both men and women can be afflicted, it’s been found that for people above the age of 45, 25 percent of those who develop hemorrhoids are female, compared to the 15 percent of men. 

Hemorrhoids in females can sometimes get tricky because they may have the tendency to go beyond being a pain in the bum—quite literally. Sometimes, hemorrhoids can cause pain in the vaginal and perineal area itself. We’re here to find out why, and what you can do about it.

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What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in the lowest part of one’s rectum and anus. At times, the walls of these blood vessels get so thinly stretched that the veins bulge out and become irritated, especially when one pushes out stool to defecate.

The three types of hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids

This type of hemorrhoid is found under the skin around the anus, surrounded by pain-sensing nerves. Symptoms of external hemorrhoids include pain, bleeding, swelling and itching. 

Internal hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are located deep in the rectum where you normally cannot feel or see them. Generally, they do not hurt because there aren’t many pain-sensing nerves found in that part of the body. Symptoms of internal hemorrhoids include blood on your stool. There’s can also be tissue that protrudes outside the anal opening. This can hurt when pooping, but it normally goes back on its own. 

Thrombosed hemorrhoids

A thrombosed hemorrhoid is when an external hemorrhoid gets a blood clot and it turns blue or purplish. Symptoms of this kind of hemorrhoid are bleeding, itching and severe pain. 

What causes hemorrhoids?

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is repeated and prolonged straining while passing stool. This happens when one has severe cases of constipation or diarrhea. Straining blocks the blood flow in the rectum, which results in the blood pooling and also the vessels becoming enlarged.  

Pregnancy also can cause hemorrhoids due to the weight of the growing baby bearing down on the perineal area. If you have a family history of hemorrhoids or have long-term or chronic constipation or diarrhea, you may experience hemorrhoids. 

Certain foods can cause either excessive diarrhea or constipation, which will lead to one’s excessive straining in the toilet. These foods include milk, cheese and all other dairy, bread made from white flour like bagels, too much meat, processed foods such as fast food and canned goods.

Why does hemorrhoids pain extend to the perineal area?

The perineum is the area between the genitals and the anus. In females, the perineum begins at the front of the vulva, extending all the way to the anus. 

External hemorrhoids may cause bleeding, itching or at times even cause pain. Some hemorrhoids put pressure on the perineum. This pressure can, in turn, cause pain in the perineum area. The pain worsens at times right after a bowel movement.

Sometimes, people with chronic constipation strain so much that it causes the perineum to prolapse (bulge down or descend). This can cause pain in the perineal area as well. 

What can you do about perineal pain?

1. Cold pack and bidet bottle

It’s already uncomfortable and painful enough when you have hemorrhoids, let alone when your perineum area is affected. This perineal care set is a must-have if you have hemorrhoids, most especially when the pain has reached the perineal area. It comes with two small ice packs, which can fit both the perineal and anal area. The cold therapy from the ice packs will help in decreasing swelling in both anal and perineal region. 

The bidet spray bottle will be heaven sent when you need to wash down there. The ideal situation is to have a built-in bidet spray with your toilet bowl, but this is quite expensive and requires major installation. The bidet spray bottle provides the same level of comfort and ease of washing with water down there without having hand or toilet paper contact. 

When used together, this perineal care set will definitely help with pain relief from hemorrhoids in your anal and perineal area. 

2. Use a donut ring or pillow

When you’re experiencing pain and discomfort in the perineal and anal area due to hemorrhoids, it can certainly be a pain to sit. To take the weight and pressure off the perineal and anal area when sitting, consider using a donut ring or donut pillow. This is a cylindrical pillow (donut-shaped) that is inflatable. Your perineal area is meant to be in the hole part of the donut, so it’s free from pressure and any contact. This will definitely help reduce any swelling or wounds. 

3. Eat fibre-rich food

When you have hemorrhoids, the last thing you’d want is to be constipated. This will just worsen both the pain and condition. So while nursing your hemorrhoids, ensure that you are in a fibre-rich diet so that your stool will be soft or as natural as it can be during the healing period from hemorrhoids.

4. Witch hazel

Witch hazel has natural properties known to reduce itching and pain. This is a great combination as both are symptoms of hemorrhoids. Witch hazel also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, so it also helps with swelling reduction. Witch hazel is widely available in drugstores and chemists and it comes in various forms like liquid or wet wipes. Simply apply it directly to the hemorrhoids for fast relief. 

5. Warm sitz baths

An irritated perineal area from hemorrhoids can do some soothing from warm sitz baths. Sitz baths are small plastic tubs which can fit over a toilet seat. When you sit in a sitz bath, only your perineal area will be bathed. Soaking in a warm sitz bath for 20 minutes after bowel movement is effective. If you add Epsom salt to the bath, you can even make this twice as effective and soothing. 

We hope we’ve helped you get pain relief from hemorrhoids. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message!

 

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