What Are the Symptoms of Hernias in Women?

Many women show hernia symptoms, which include bulges near the pubic bone, a burning sensation at the bulge, pain in the groin area that can be exacerbated by coughing, straining or bending over and a heavy or dragging feeling or pressure in the groin. Some hernias in women are not noticeable and are only detected by a doctor during an examination.

According to Mayo Clinic, hernias are typically formed or caused at birth. Hernias are much more common in males than females, because hernias are caused by weaknesses in the inguinal canal, and female babies are much more likely to have an inguinal canal that closes sufficiently.

However, according to WebMD, umbilical hernias in babies are a bit more common, and they can generally heal on their own without the need for surgical intervention or other treatments. The standard treatment for other serious hernias in older patients is a herniorrhaphy, in which a surgeon either repositions the herniated tissue or removes any strangulated and oxygen-deprived tissue. A less invasive surgical option is the herniorrhaphy performed with a laparoscope. The incision required for this procedure is smaller and requires a shorter recovery time. In some cases, the hernia can be pushed back into place and maintained with a truss belt.