Most physicians believe you have a greater chance of getting a hernia as you get older. This is true for both men and women. Hernias are weak places in muscle walls that allow internal organs to protrude. They don’t heal on their own and must be surgically repaired. However, becoming aware you have one can differ between the sexes. Do hernia symptoms differ between men and women?
Although women have fewer hernias, they still must be aware of symptoms. She may feel persistent intense pain, pelvic discomfort, sporadic sharp and piercing pain. There can be an achy feeling, a burning sensation, dullness, pinching, sharpness or shooting pain.
Females have less hernias than men. Their symptoms are different as well. A female hernia is smaller and deeper and does not have a lump. Female hernia symptoms many times mimic gynecological issues, and because of this, they are commonly misdiagnosed for a cyst, endometriosis, or fibroid tumors. It is essential that women describe their symptoms very specifically.
A woman is less likely to have a groin hernia, however they are susceptible to abdominal hernias.
If a hernia becomes strangulated you will see red or purple tissue, a persistent bulge even when lying down. The pain will continue to get worse, there will be nausea, bloating, fever, rapid heart beat, and problems moving bowels. This is true for both men and women.
Hernia symptoms in men are much more noticeable and quite different from female symptoms.
Men will have the following hernia symptoms:
If a man experiences strain in the abdominal wall like heavy lifting, gaining weight in the abdomen, chronic coughing, or a surgical procedure on the abdomen, this can bring on a hernia.
Men have most of the same types of hernias as women as explained above
They also can have:
Both men and women should be aware of the symptoms of a hernia and see a hernia specialist in Weirton, WV as soon as possible for a repair.
Contact Weirton Medical Group if you are experiencing any symptoms of a hernia.