Although Hernias can occur in men and women, they are far more common in men.
An inguinal (groin) hernia occurs when the lining of the abdominal cavity weakens, allowing part of the intestine to balloon out. These hernias are more common in older adults as a result of strained or weak abdominal muscles but can happen at any age. In infants, hernias are in the muscle layer.
One of the cheif causes of hernias is too much abdominal pressure caused by heavy lifting or straining during bowel movements. Correct lifting (using your legs and keeping the back straight) can reduce your risk of hernia. Also, avoiding constipation or treating promptly if it does occur can reduce straining during bowel movements.
Hernia symptoms and pain may start slowly or you may one day feel that something isn't quite right. Symptoms include :
Aches and Pain in the abdomen that start and stop.
A feeling of pressure or weakness in the groin.
Visible bulges slightly above or within the scrotum.
Pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen and scrotum.
Self care steps
Avoid activities such as heavy lifting that causes straining and more abdominal pressures.
Use correct lifting techniques.
Don't strain during bowel movements.