Do I have an Inguinal Hernia? What is an Inguinal Hernia?
Inguinal hernias appear in the groin area. Men are more likely to get an inguinal hernia than women because the muscles in the groin of men are naturally weaker. That isn’t a comment on a battle of the sexes, it’s because the testicle had to travel to the scrotum through this area before birth. You may see a bulge in the groin area, the upper thigh, or the scrotum area. You will only see an inguinal hernia in the scrotum area on men. Women do not have scrotums, it’s science, look it up. The muscles in the groin are naturally weak. That weakness can allow your intestines, bowel, fat, or bladder to push through a weak area in your groin. Some people are born with hernias. If you think you have a hernia, or you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your groin you should see a doctor.
Although rare, one of the major concerns about the inguinal hernia are the some important organ, such as intestine, could get stuck in the hole in the muscle and the blood supply could be cut off. This is called strangulation. Yup, just like murder. Your hernia could murder your intestine. If this happens you’ll experience the worst pain you’ve ever felt at the area of the hernia. This is an emergency and you need to seek medical attention immediately.
Some of the causes of an Inguinal hernias are:
-Coughing and chronic coughing
This is a picture of what an Inguinal Hernia looks like on a male.