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Common Misconceptions

No one likes to talk about them, so there are a lot of misconceptions about hemorrhoids. Let's get knowledgeable with the facts.

MYTH: HEMORRHOIDS ARE NOT VERY COMMON.

Fact: Hemorrhoids are more common than you might think. A survey of adult Canadians revealed that close to half of those surveyed have suffered from hemorrhoids.†

MYTH: ONLY OLD PEOPLE GET HEMORRHOIDS.

Fact: It's true that chances of having hemorrhoids increase with age, but you can get hemorrhoids at any stage of your adult life.

MYTH: ONLY MEN GET HEMORRHOIDS.

Fact: Hemorrhoids can affect anyone. They are very common amongst pregnant women.

MYTH: FIT, HEALTHY PEOPLE CAN'T GET HEMORRHOIDS.

Fact: Overweight people have a higher chance of getting hemorrhoids due to the extra pressure their weight puts on their abdomen. But this pressure can also be the result of constipation, straining, pregnancy or lifting heavy weights.

MYTH: PEOPLE MAY JUDGE YOU IF YOU BUY A TREATMENT FOR HEMORRHOIDS.

Fact: With almost 1 in 2 adult Canadians indicating they've had hemorrhoids at some time,1 chances are the person at the checkout has had the same experience as you.

1 Hemorrhoid Study Online Omnibus. Ipsos Reid, July 2005, n=1412

† Based on all respondents, n=1412
Hemorrhoid Study Online Omnibus. Ipsos Reid, July 2005, n=1412