A common myth among people is that hernia can occur only in men. But, that’s not right as quite a number of women suffer from this problem as their masculine counterparts do. Hernia refers to the condition in which through an opening in the body, a part of a tissue has been pushed out.
A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal ,inner groin, incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper
Most Common Signs And Symptoms Of Hernia In Women
A bulge or swelling that may pop in and out with episodes of pain and tenderness. Chronic pelvic pain. Pain when straining, lifting, or coughing.
Some women experience symptoms which are very subtle and as a result they are unable to realize that they are suffering from hernia, often mistaking it for some digestive disorder. In such cases, only a check-up can verify the disorder. This happens mainly because the protrusion is of a smaller size, therefore not hampering the normal functions of the body.
The Different Types Of Hernia
These common hernias (10%-30%) are often noted at birth as a protrusion at thebelly button (the umbilicus). This is caused when an opening in the abdominal wall, which normally closes before birth, doesn’t close completely. If small (less than half an inch), this type of hernia usually closes gradually by age 2. Larger hernias and those that do not close by themselves usually require surgery between 2 to 4 years of age. Even if the area is closed at birth, umbilical hernias can appear later in life because this spot may remain a weaker place in the abdominal wall. Umbilical hernias can appear later in life or in women who are or who have given birth (due to the added stress on the area). They usually do not causeabdominal pain
Hiatal hernia often causes symptoms usually noticed when one suffers from some kind of gastro esophageal problems or indigestion. This happens when a large portion of stomach tissue protrudes out thereby disrupting digestion and causing frequentheartburns. It can also cause the back of the mouth to become sour or bitter, and this often results in frequent stomach upsets, gas and nausea.
are the least common hernia of the pelvic floor. These are mostly found in women who have had multiple pregnancies or who have lost significant weight. The hernia occurs through the obturator canal, another connection of the abdominal cavity to the leg, and contains the obturator artery, vein, and nerve.
In inguinal hernia, a portion of the intestinal tract is pushed out through the abdominal wall, which is characterized by a severe chronic pelvic pain. Later as the protrusion begins near or in the groin region, a feeling of heaviness within the pelvis is also experienced. It will also be accompanied by a grouping of symptoms which are common during the Hiatal hernia.
Incarcerated hernia or strangulated hernia is one in which the protrusion is trapped in the opening. Due to this, the affected portion of the intestines is drained of blood, in some cases even leading to deprivation. It also causes nausea resulting in severe vomiting and sudden onsets of fever.
Sports hernia is another kind of hernia that women need to watch out for. Typically slow in onset, it will cause severe pain in the abdomen along with a painful groin. Physical activities like running or bending will enhance the pain, as will coughing and sneezing. It can hang on for months and will require surgery.
A occurs when the intestine enters the canal carrying the femoralinto the upper thigh. Femoral hernias are most common in women, especially those who are pregnant.