Women have several options to treat any hemorrhoids that they develop during pregnancy. Hemorrhoid banding might be considered for internal hemorrhoids when over-the-counter methods fail to provide relief. This involves going to the base of the hemorrhoid and using a rubber band to cut off blood flow. Without blood, the hemorrhoid will die.
Infrared coagulation is ideal for a hemorrhoid that is relatively small. It is minimally invasive and stops the flow of blood to hemorrhoids with the use of an infrared light.
Sclerotherapy is an option when hemorrhoids are more severe. The doctor will take a chemical solution and inject it into the area surrounding a hemorrhoid. Quinine, zinc chloride, and polidocanol are the most commonly used chemicals for this method. The purpose is to stop blood from getting to the hemorrhoid by damaging the associated blood vessels.
THD treatment works by tying off hemorrhoid blood flow via the use of a Doppler. This is minimally invasive and no tissue is removed.
Pregnant women experiencing hemorrhoids should reach out to their doctor. There are treatments that can aid in making them more comfortable, so that they can enjoy the rest of their pregnancy without worry.