"I take pretty good care of myself. I watch what I eat, I work out a couple times a week and I try not to stress out too much. But for the past year, I've had hemorrhoids on and off. I'm not sure what triggers the flare-ups—but I've read it could be from my diet or straining when weightlifting."
"My flare-ups can last up to a week. The worst part is not knowing when the next one will happen. I try not to let it affect my life, but sometimes it's hard. I'm in sales and I have two kids, so I can't really afford to have ‘down' days. I mean, who can?"
"I try to have regular bowel movements so I don't get constipated. Although I ate healthy before, I'm eating more high-fiber foods now, like vegetables and whole grains, and drinking more water during the day."
*The people and stories featured here are not real but based on actual Preparation H® studies and interviews.
Did You Know
Exercise and Hemorrhoids
Moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking 20 to 30 minutes a day, can stimulate bowel function* as well as enhance blood flow and muscle tone. Other beneficial cardio activities include running, swimming and aerobics. Read more
You can reduce the risk of flare-ups by following a high-fiber diet, exercising and not causing extra strain while sitting or standing. For more suggestions on reducing the risk of flare-ups, see Live Better