Constipation and Hemorrhoids

Constipation and Hemorrhoids

Colace® stool softeners can help ease the pain by avoiding straining which may be associated with occasional constipation that can cause hemorrhoids. If you’ve ever experienced hemorrhoids, you may know how painful and irritating they can be – especially when it comes time to use the bathroom. Let’s cover some of the basics
about hemorrhoids, and then we’ll get into how Colace can help make going #2 a more comfortable experience.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that appear in the lower rectum. They are very common: about half of all people will have experienced hemorrhoids by age 50. It impacts both men and women. Depending on the type of hemorrhoid, symptoms may include itchiness, irritation, pain, rectal bleeding. 1-2

What causes hemorrhoids?

Some frequent causes of hemorrhoids include: 3-4

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Constipation or Diarrhea

How can Colace® Stool Softeners help?

As you can see above, constipation and painful straining are two of the most frequent causes of hemorrhoids. By relieving occasional constipation, you can help reduce both the chance of developing hemorrhoids and the pain that may be caused when hard, dry stools irritate existing hemorrhoids. (Click Here to learn more about preventing constipation).

Colace — the #1 doctor recommended stool softener — can be taken (in addition to your normal hemorrhoid treatment) to provide much needed relief for those who are experiencing occasional constipation and hard, dry stools. Experience fewer hard stools and jagged edges, along with less straining, constipation, and pain.

Keep in mind, if you have occasional constipation that doesn’t improve after a week of home care, bleeding during bowel movements, or hemorrhoids, see your doctor to be sure to rule out a more serious digestive tract condition. 2

1. Perry, K., 2019. Hemorrhoids. Available at:
Accessed 23 December 2021.
3. American Family Physician, Hemorrhoids: Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Am Fam Physician. 2018 Feb 1;97(3):172-179.
4., Hemorrhoids: FAQs for a Common Medical Condition,


[su_spacer size="20"]

Healthcare Professionals

The information on this site is intended solely for healthcare professionals. Please confirm you are a healthcare professional before proceeding:

[su_spacer size="20"]