Necessary Products to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

If you are serious about getting rid of your hemorrhoids, you’re going to need some stuff. It’s way cheaper than surgery and believe me, not having hemorrhoids is worth 1000 times the cost of these items. The products I am linking to are the exact products that I used to cure my last hemorrhoid/continue to use to prevent hemorrhoids from recurring.

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Metamucil  – #1 on the “must have” list. As long as you don’t have any contraindications (ask your doctor), you should be taking this with a large glass of water every day. The main ingredient is Psyllium Fiber. This will help your poop to be just right. Not too hard (constipated) not too soft/loose (diarrhea). This also can help to reduce cholesterol. I started taking Metamucil to cure my last hemorrhoid in 2011. I still take Metamucil every day.
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Sitz Bath – a Sitz Bath with warm water and epsom salt will soothe and reduce inflammation to the hemorrhoid. It is essential to do this 3-4x/day when curing a hemorrhoid. Once the hemorrhoid is healed, it is no longer necessary.
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Epsom Salt – Put a handful of Epsom Salt into the warm Sitz Bath. The more Sitz Baths you can take/day will speed up the healing time of the hemorrhoid.
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Preparation H – use this ointment especially before pooping, to reduce irritation to the hemorrhoid. I still use this when I get diarrhea, to prevent irritation. I always keep some of this in the bathroom.
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AND/ OR Preparation H Suppositories – Suppositories can be more convenient. It is a matter of preference. If you have strictly internal hemorrhoids, you might prefer suppositories. I use both normal and suppositories.
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Medicated Wipes – Never use normal TP. If you have a hemorrhoid, use Medicated Wipes. Once the hemorrhoid is gone, use Baby Wipes. The medicated wipes contain Witch Hazel, an astringent that reduces inflammation.
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Totables – Single-pack Medicated Wipes. These are handy to take to work, anywhere outside of the house. It’s easy to put a few of these in your pocket/bag without advertising to the world about your hemorrhoid. Remember, NEVER use normal TP, especially the cheap sandpaper TP you find in public restrooms!
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Squatty Potty – Sitting to poop is wrong. Our bodies were designed to squat. The Squatty Potty allows you to simulate a squatting position safely on “western” toilets.
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Wet Wipes – When you have a hemorrhoid, you should use medicated wipes. When the hemorrhoid is gone, switch to Wet Wipes. It has been 4+ years since my last hemorrhoid, and I still use Wet Wipes. Never use normal TP!
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Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is an astringent (shrinks body tissues) made of from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub “Hamamelis virginiana”. It can be applied to a cotton ball, then upon the hemorrhoid, for an immediate soothing, cooling and shrinking of the hemorrhoid.
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Other stuff I use occasionally:

Immodium AD – I almost never need this because I take Metamucil daily, but if I do have diarrhea for some reason, one of these usually helps.
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Colace – I get constipated occasionally, especially when I’m away from home. Colace is a very gentle laxative that does not cause diarrhea, it just “allows me to poop”.
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Remember to read and follow the instructions for all of the medications.

Metamucil ~ Sitz Bath ~ Epsom Salt ~ Preparation H ~ Preparation H Suppositories ~ Medicated Wipes ~ Totables ~ Squatty Potty ~ Wet Wipes ~ Witch Hazel ~ Immodium ~ Colace

Squat, Dont Sit When You Poop

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.” [1], [2] 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:

The Bamboo Adjustable Squatty Potty - Squat when you poop, don't sit
The Bamboo Adjustable Squatty Potty