Our parents potty trained us when we were young, but they made a fundamental error. When we sit to poop, it causes all kinds of problems, and prevents nature from truly calling.
The only natural defecation posture for a human being is squatting. The alignment of the recto-anal angle associated with squatting permits smooth bowel elimination. – Dr. B.A. Sikirov (Link)
What? I’m supposed to squat when I poop? Who is Dr. Sikirov and why should I listen to him?
Dr. Dov Sikirov is published in several medical journals with topics such as “Straining During Defecation” and “Primary Constipation.” ,  Some sites refer to a study he did on patients with hemorrhoids, but I cannot find a link to that study. Anyways, after my 4th hemorrhoid, I started to squat instead of sit when I poop. I can only tell you that I have not had a hemorrhoid recur in 4 years, since 2011. Prior to that, from about 2005-2011, I had 4 hemorrhoids within a 6 year period.
How Am I supposed to Squat when I Poop? My Toilet Is designed to Sit!
It won’t work for everyone, especially if you have bad knees, but what I do is lift the toilet seat, stand 1 leg at a time carefully, then squat down. This needs to be done with great caution – and depending on your weight, your ability to squat, and the condition of your toilet – this could be a bad idea. IF YOU TRY THIS AT HOME, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. You are probably reading this page because you want to feel better. If you fall off the toilet it is not going to help your hemorrhoid very much.
A safer method is to use something that you can place your feet upon, thereby simulating a squatting position. Of course such a product is available, it is called the Squatty Potty.
The most popular Squatty Potty is 7″ tall and costs $25. Click here to check it out. There is a 9″ tall version that costs the same. If it were me, I’d go for the 9″ because I am flexible and a good squatter. If you cannot do a squat, you might consider the 7-incher. For those who like things a bit more swanky, there is the bamboo adjustable Squatty Potty for $70. Click here to check it out. Here’s a pic: