In a nutshell, piles are the result of increased pressure on the blood vessels in your bottom. The result: internal piles, which are the most common form, tucked up and away; or external piles, protruding from the back passage.
They're more common than you'd ever guess. One in two people in the UK will deal with them at some point in their lives. So there's absolutely no reason to be embarrassed. And while we understand you may be reluctant to talk about them, there's no reason to suffer in silence.
With an effective treatment in place, you can quickly get back to doing everything you love to do. We've pulled together all sorts of information we think you'll find useful. So please – have a look round.
There are quite a few myths on the subject. Find out what really brings on a case of piles.