How Do Hernias Affect Men and Women Differently

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How Do Hernias Affect Men and Women Differently?

Hernias, like many health problems, are relatively common but specific with gender-based signs and symptoms for men and women. This paper will highlight how hernias affect each gender, thus providing and explaining clear signs to seek medical help.

Physical Differences in Hernia Occurrence

Inguinal hernias occur primarily in men and account for about 75% of all abdominal hernias. They are prone to this because the testes follow a path in a developing fetus, leaving a weakened spot that can favour hernias.

On the other hand, femoral hernias are predominantly acquired by women. Although they are rare, they are more serious since they are located at the level of the femoral artery. This larger female pelvis gives room for a larger area of weakness for the hernia to form, and this is further exacerbated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Symptoms to watch for

Most men will feel a bulge around the groin or scrotum area that will enlarge with standing or physical activity and retract on lying down. They also get some pain or a burning sensation during the activities.

The woman may note a lump in the groin or thigh, which is usually painful. Standing or heavy lifting increases the pain. Women have more diffuse pain than men, and it can radiate to the hip or abdomen.

Lifestyle and risk factors

Certain factors increase risks in both genders:

  • Anatomical factors: These include
  • Heavy Lifting: It may be straining to the belly and groin if not correctly done.
  • Obesity: Carrying extra weight that one is carrying makes the pressure increase on the abdominal wall.
  • Chronic Cough can lead to abdominal muscle strain from the generated pressure.
  • Previous Surgery: The surgical scars of an earlier surgery can predispose the muscle tissues to hernia by making them weak.

Prevention Tips

Staying at a healthy weight, lifting with good form, and treating any stubborn cases of cough or constipation reduce the risk of a hernia. If you think you have a hernia, see your doctor to confirm it and find out whether you need treatment. Delayed treatment can give rise to complications such as the hernia being stuck or incarcerated, in which blood supply is cut off to the trapped tissue.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have symptoms and signs of hernia, seek early intervention. It is necessary for effective treatment. Schedule an appointment at GEM Hospital for specialized care that serves your needs. Don't let discomfort get in; if it does, ensure you know who to call for help.

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