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Can You Get a Hernia From Pooping?

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Can you get a hernia from pooping? To be more specific, you can get a hernia from attempting or trying to poop. There’s a difference, obviously. Some folks can have a bowel movement with literally no effort, however others must strain and spend a long time on the commode. This is not healthy and, yes, can lead to a hernia.

Hernias Are Common

A hernia occurs mostly in the abdominal region and groin. It occurs because an internal organ pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall. Hernias in men are obvious and can be seen on the outside as a bulge, whereas most female hernias are too deep to be seen on the surface.

This weak spot in the abdominal wall can begin at birth, happen due to aging as our muscles become weaker, or caused by an injury, or a preexisting surgical site. An internal organ like the intestines protrudes through and may or may not cause pain. Even without pain, at some point a hernia must be surgically repaired.

The pain can be a dull ache or a pinching sharp pain.

There Are Many Causes of Hernias

One can develop a hernia from a number of causes. The most common cause is straining. Anything that causes straining like lifting heavy weights, lifting something incorrectly, or doing anything involving repetitive stress.

So yes, straining on the toilet to poop can cause a hernia to develop. Constipation is a huge problem for many people, and overtime, straining may lead to a hernia.

Other causes or risk factors include the following: 

  • A chronic cough from smoking
  • Allergies that cause chronic sneezing
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic obesity or a BMI of over 30
  • Having a job which requires heavy lifting
  • Having had abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • Straining to urinate

Hernias will grow and the opening may become larger. The more tissue that pushes through can lead to incarceration creating more pain and other complications which can be a medical emergency.

It’s Possible to Prevent Chronic Constipation and a Hernia

It’s possible to prevent chronic constipation by drinking plenty of water, eating fiber rich fruits and vegetables, taking fiber supplements, and exercising regularly. Above all, avoid straining on the toilet and don’t ignore the urge to move your bowels.

Contact Michigan Hernia Surgery at (248) 551-9090 if you suspect you have a hernia. Our hernia specialists in Royal Oak, MI are expertly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of hernias.

man with stomach pain while using bathroom.

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