While hernias occur in both sexes, they are far more frequent in men. In most cases, hernias are completely treatable, although once hernias have occurred, having a reoccurrence is more likely. Most people associate heavy lifting as a cause of hernias but surprisingly, even a hard cough or sneeze can cause a hernia. If you experience any of the signs of hernias it is very important to seek medical attention. Many men avoid going to the doctor for fear of needing surgery. However, even very simple hernias can be deadly if not treated and hernia surgery is routine and usually very successful.
The most common sign of a hernia in males is a sharp, stabbing pain in the groin area. Sometimes, however, all that is present is a dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin. If you have any sign of discomfort in the lower abdomen and groin, be sure to have it evaluated by a physician.
Swelling and Lumps
Large hernias are easily felt as a bulge or hard lump in the groin area. Smaller hernias can be more difficult to detect without experience.
Nausea and Vomiting
Because a hernia is a result of a part of the intestines protruding through a gap in the stomach, muscle constriction can cause a backup of intestinal matter that creates nausea and vomiting.
Blockage of the intestines can also cause constipation or difficulty in bowel movements.
Large hernias can put pressure on the urethra or even trap the bladder, making urination difficult or impossible. Swelling in the area can also irritate the urethra, causing a burning sensation when attempting to urinate.
A hernia can cause men to experience difficulty in maintaining an erection or to have trouble ejaculating due to the blockage in the area and restricted blood flow.
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