Living with hemorrhoids
I am nearly 24 years old and a female, but have had haemorroids since my late teens. Back when I was 20, they were pretty mild-just a little lump that caused some occassional bleeding. I went to the Dr back then & they diagnosed me with minor case of heamorroids (internal, but hangs outside the entrance after bowel movement). However now (due to ongoing lack of fibre I guess), they have become worse, I have 2-3 smallish lumps outside of my anus which are always there. I dont know if there are more internal ones. They don't cause ongoing pain, it just aches for a few hrs or the rest of the day when I have a hard bowel movement. Almost every time I go to the toilet, there is blood on the toilet paper every wipe. It also takes longer to wipe the anus because it is lumpy around the entrance rather than smooth.
I have improved my diet, but the haemorroids stay & the bleeding continues. It's something that I have just contended with, but its annoying cos it even interferes with sex. I often have to tell my bf that I'm too sore if I have done a no 2, because even though he is penetrating my vagina, the anus is under pressure because the skin is so close to the vagina. I also think my occassional cases of thrush are linked with my haemorroids cos the bacteria from the anus is more prone to be transfered to the vagina as it is harder to clean the anus due to the lumps around it.
For something so small, they are very annoying! For those with haemorroids, have you had to treat them or have you just learned to live with them? Has anyone had injections, used creams or taken tablets that have really helped their condition. I haven't been to the Dr re them in the last 4 years or use anything to treat them...but am worried they will just get worse & I may end up in continuous pain. Has anyone ended up having surgery? I hope I dont get to that stage....
Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated..