A common misconception is that only men get hernias. But anyone can get them! Could your pain be caused by a hernia? Sometimes doctors have a hard time finding them, especially in women.
Hernias can cause severe pelvic pain, which often goes undiagnosed. There are several different types of hernias that affect women. An indirect inguinal hernia is one type that occurs in the groin area. This happens when fatty or intestinal tissues push through your inguinal canal. Both men and women can develop this type of hernia. You might see a bulge, have pelvic pain that is burning and/or sharp and pain when exercising, coughing or bending. This is the most common type of hernia and also has the greatest risk of long term side effects if it goes untreated.
There is also another type of hernia called incisional hernias that occur at the site of a previous surgery. These also can be very difficult to repair if they go untreated for long and can appear even years later after a surgery.
You could also have a femoral hernia, which occurs mostly in women. Most of the time these hernias are a result of pregnancy and childbirth, but they are rare.
Lastly, you could have an umbilical hernia. It is most common with babies and children, but anyone can get them at any time. They could be caused by abdominal pressure due to excessive coughing, obesity or pregnancy.
If you have any symptoms of a hernia or persistent pelvic pain, you need to see your doctor right away. If you do have a hernia, you will need to get it fixed as soon as possible. See several doctors if you need to as hernias are often not found right away or misdiagnosed.
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