Listen up, men! It’s possible that increased estrogen levels as you age is the reason there are so many inguinal hernias in older men.
A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other part of the body extends through the wall of muscle or tissue that normally holds it. It is most common in the abdominal cavity between the hips and chest. Hernias are not usually life threatening, but can require surgery to prevent dangerous complications.
There is one particular type of hernia, called an inguinal or groin hernia, that often causes a significant amount of concern from men about whether or not it will affect their sexual function. Most of this concern is based on the location of the hernia, which is of course is the same location that will require surgery to repair the hernia.
An Inguinal hernia occurs when part of the intestines pushes through a weakened spot in the abdomen near the right or left inguinal canal. Men and women can both experience hernias, but it is much more common in the male population.
The hernia can appear as a bulge at the groin or pubic area of the body with severe pain during exertion, a burning sensation, a swollen scrotum all acting as common symptoms.
Let’s investigate the specific causes and risk factors for Inguinal hernias.