Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids. That’s approximately 4 to 5% of the population. People who are at greater risk of hemorrhoids tend to be a little bit older (generally 45 to 65 years of age). However, in the younger age group, one out of three athletic males may experience hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are also very common during pregnancy because of increased intra-abdominal pressure, which then causes pressure down in the rectal area.