Hernia affects both men and women. But groin hernia is more likely to affect women, said Dr Rahul Mahadar, consultant general and laparoscopic surgeon, Apollo Spectra Pune.
“Groin hernias in women is caused when the soft tissue in the groin area tends to protrude, bulge, and/or pain. As a result, one can have issues such as incarceration or strangulation of the bowel and hence, require emergency treatment,” Dr Mahadar said.
Factors such as obesity, heavy lifting, chronic cough, chronic constipation, multiple pregnancies, and family history are some of the risk factors for developing a hernia.
There are various types of groin hernias that are seen in women.
Indirect inguinal hernia (commonly seen in females), direct inguinal hernia, and femoral hernia (below the groin region; common in women compared to men). “Despite many women suffering from the condition, there is still a lack of awareness regarding it,” stressed Dr Mahadar.
Lower abdomen and groin region pain are red flags. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)
Symptoms and diagnosis
Groin hernia is generally asymptomatic, but can cause pain in the lower abdomen and groin in some cases. This lack of symptoms often leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment. “But the pain or discomfort can increase with strenuous activity, lifting, coughing, sneezing, and standing, or sitting too long,” Dr Mahadar shared.
According to him, one can also experience a feeling of pinching needles, or burning sensation in the groin. A large number of women may also experience worrisome pelvic and lower belly pain, he said.
Groin hernia in women should not be neglected or taken lightly at all. According to Dr Mahadar, “one will have to opt for minimally invasive surgery, including robotic and laparoscopic techniques”. “Seek immediate treatment for hernia repair and improve your quality of life. This will help you avoid pain and discomfort of any sort,” explained Dr Mahadar.
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