In men, the weakened area of the abdominal wall is usually located in the inguinal canal. This is the place where the spermatic cord connects to the scrotum. For women, the inguinal canal houses the ligament that helps to hold the uterus in place. Though rare, hernias sometimes happen here due to connective tissue from the uterus attaching to tissue that encompasses the pelvic bone.
Symptoms of Inguinal Hernias
If you believe that you or someone that you care for may have an inguinal hernia, then there are signs to be aware of. In infants, signs of the hernia may only be apparent when the child is crying, coughing, or straining during bowel movements. Irritability and loss of appetite will also be present. In older kids, signs become visible during coughing, long periods of standing, and strenuous bowel movements.