Hemorrhoids and erectile dysfunction

Link between hemorrhoids and EDWhen someone talks about hemorrhoids, no one can imagine that they could be linked to Erectile Dysfunction (ED) but, several researches have been showing that men may be more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) if they have previously been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, particularly if they are aged under 40 years.

Now we will analyze the facts that are related with these two situations.

Study shows direct link

Based on a study developed by Herng-Ching Lin from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan and colleagues, their analysis showed that 1572 (24.9%) of 6310 individuals who had been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction between January 2001 and December 2009 had also previously received a diagnosis of hemorrhoids. However, of 31,550 individuals who were matched for age and index year and who did not have ED, only 4491 (14.2%) had previously been diagnosed with hemorrhoids (1).

Logistic regression analysis showed that the men who had erectile dysfunction were 90% more likely than those who did not have it to have previously suffered from hemorrhoids.

Further analysis by age group revealed that the association was strongest among younger men.

Indeed, of the men with erectile dysfunction, those aged less than 30 years were 3.71 times more likely to have previously experienced hemorrhoids than their age-matched controls, while those aged 30-39 years and 40-49 years were 2.39 and 1.69 times more likely, respectively, compared with their age-matched controls (2).

Why are they linked?

Impotence is the inability to attain or maintain an erection of the penis that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.

To initiate and maintain an erection, the penis must fill with blood. One type of blood vessel opens wide to allow blood into the penis. Meanwhile, a second type of blood vessel squeezes down to keep the blood from leaving the penis. Nerve signals cause the proper changes in the blood vessels (3).

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum and this cause the irregular blood circulation in the pelvic area causing the inability to maintain an erection and later the ED.

This is basically the link in this case.

5 ways to get rid of hemorrhoids naturally

Fortunately, there are many different methods to get rid of hemorrhoids and prevent them from returning. here you have a few of the most common.

Improve diet

Give some special attention to your diet and do not forget to include these food products to the meals that you eat every single day:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables (berries, apples, broccoli, dark leafy greens, beans,pears, avocados, artichokes, peas and winter squash)
  2. Fiber Rich Food Products
  3. Whole Grains
  4. Yogurt and Kefir (4).

Always remember that fiber helps keep water in the stool and bulks it up so that it passes through the rectum and anus more easily–and in the case of hemorrhoids, with less pain.

Drink water

Increase your water consumption to at least 8-10 8 oz glasses each day. Stool (feces) contain significant amounts of water—and the more water a stool contains, the softer it will be, which makes it easier to pass (5).

Reduce toilet time

Allow gravity to help, but let your bowels do most of the work. If nothing happens, put it off for an hour or so, and try again but most importantly, don’t strain and force a bowel movement that isn’t happening naturally (6).

Arrange a regular time to have a bowel movement without interruptions around the same time every day,  tends to make bowel bleeding movements easier, and it turns out that having regular bowel movements is a great predictor of overall good health

Apple cider vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular natural treatments for hemorrhoids. Simply soak a cotton ball or some toilet paper with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the hemorrhoid area. Repeat this process until the inflammation disappears and symptoms resolve. You should see improvement instantly. Alternatively, add some apple cider vinegar (half a cup) to a sitz bath (7).

Note that applying it directly may cause a stinging sensation for some time but that will decrease itching and pain instantly. For internal hemorrhoids, consuming a teaspoon of vinegar with water, may provide relief from pain and bleeding.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains medium chain saturated oils which your body requires to prevent hemorrhoids. It also has antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties.

The right method would be: Apply coconut oil directly to hemorrhoids, rinse and repeat. In addition to symptoms subsiding, the hemorrhoids should disappear over the course of just a few days (8).

Always remember that you must pay attention to the call of nature and that waiting to go to the bathroom just could bring you health problems that you could easily avoid. Another good remedy is applying some cold compresses.The best time to apply them is one hour before you go to bed.

I am sure you do not want to suffer of erectile dysfunction caused by hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids are a problem annoying enough to add to something else that really will alter your life, so improve your diet, practice exercise frequently and avoid waiting to go to the bathroom, these tips are going to help you prevent hemorrhoids.

(1) Hemorrhoids may cause erectile dysfunction. Sally Robertson. News-medical.net
(2) Hemorrhoids may cause erectile dysfunction. Sally Robertson. News-medical.net
(3) Impotence. Lahey,org
(4) 20 effective remedies to get rid of hemorrhoids fast.Naturalremediesideas.com
(5) 3 ways to get rid of hemorrhoids naturally. Wikihow.com
(6) 3 ways to get ride of hemorrhoids. Wikihow.com
(7) Home remedies for hemorrhoids – 6 natural treatments. Mike Barrett. Naturalsociety.com
(8) Home remedies for hemorrhoids – 6 natural treatments. Mike Barrett. Naturalsociety.com