You can’t sit, you’re itchy in embarrassing places, and going to the bathroom is almost unbearable. Newsflash: You might have a hemorrhoid. These painful little knots show up on about 50% of people at least once in a lifetime and are a pain in the butt. Har.
To get technical, we actually all have hemorrhoids all the time. A hemorrhoid is a little cluster of veins underneath the mucous membranes that line your rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids only become a problem when those veins get swollen, often as a result of too much pressure. While you can do everything right and still have this problem (fun fact: research says you do not have to avoid spicy foods), there are steps you can take to, ah, cover your ass.