Lactobacillus Probiotic Hemorrhoid Studies (2023)
Hemorrhoids are common, with about 75% of Americans experiencing them at some point. Some new research suggests that probiotics may be helpful in managing the condition after just several weeks.
In this blog post, I will be sharing the study that tested a L. Casei Shirota in women with Hemorrhoids plus also share a user report from someone who claimed that stopping probiotic supplementation caused hemmorrhoids.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are a common condition that can cause discomfort and embarrassment for those affected. Many people think of them as simply being swollen veins in the anus or rectum, but they can also cause symptoms such as anal itching, pain (especially while sitting), bright red blood on toilet tissue or in the toilet bowl, and pain during bowel movements.
Risk factors for developing hemorrhoids or piles include being constipated or passing large, hard stools, certain medical conditions, pregnancy, sitting for long periods of time, obesity, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation and straining, and a diet low in fiber or fluids.
Treatment may include lifestyle changes such as adding fiber to the diet, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising regularly, as well as medications such as corticosteroids, stool softeners, and bulk laxatives. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Some potential contributing factors to the development of hemorrhoids include genetics, constipation or straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, sitting for long periods of time, obesity, chronic diarrhea, and a diet low in fiber or fluids.
Lactobacillus Casei Shirota
According to this study, consuming fermented milk containing Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) may help alleviate constipation-related symptoms and improve quality of life in women during puerperium, which is the period immediately following childbirth. It may also result in an earlier recovery from hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum that can cause discomfort and bleeding.
The probiotic group in the study experienced a decrease in the number of hemorrhoids occurrences from weeks 4 to 6, while the placebo group did not show any significant change. However, it is important to note that this was a pilot study and further research is needed to confirm the efficacy of LcS in helping with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids Caused By Constipation
In this systematic review, it was claimed dietary interventions such as fiber supplementation and the use of probiotics may be helpful in managing hemorrhoids. This was because constipation is a known risk factor for the development of hemorrhoids, and fiber and probiotics have been shown to improve the symptoms of constipation.
However, it is important to note that specific probiotic strains were not mentioned in this review have not been thoroughly studied in randomized controlled trials, so their long-term effectiveness is not yet known. Until then it's not possible to make any claims on the efficacy of probiotics for Hemorrhoids.
Can Probiotics Make Hemorrhoids Worse?
There are no clinical trials or studies that show that probiotics can make hemorrhoids worse and in fact the one study I found suggested that probiotics may be helpful in managing hemorrhoids.
There are certain factors that can contribute to the development or worsening of hemorrhoids, including constipation or straining during bowel movements which can be helped by Lactobacillus & Bifidbacterium probiotics.
Themrhalo3freak shared a report in the Supplements subreddit about experiencing increased gas and the development of hemorrhoids after stopping supplementation of Seed probiotic's. It's possible that stopping probiotics suddenly could worsen Hemorrhoids.
While there is limited research on the use of probiotics for hemorrhoids, some studies suggest that certain strains may be helpful in managing the condition. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of using probiotics for hemorrhoids.
As with any treatment, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional before starting probiotic use, and to consider other lifestyle factors that may contribute to the development or worsening of hemorrhoids. I am not a Doctor and this blog post does not contain medical advice.