Femoral Hernia

A femoral hernia will take place inside of the femoral canal. This is the area that contains the femoral artery, nerve, and vein. All of these things travel through the abdominal cavity and into the thigh. This is usually a very tight space – but in certain cases it will become larger enough to permit the contents from the abdominal cavity to spill inside of it.

These are just like the inguinal hernias except that they occur in women rather than men. These are not able to be reduced. This means that as hard as you try, there is no way that you are able to push these back inside where they belong. People who have these are at a higher risk of suffering from a strangulated hernia.

Cause Of Femoral Hernias

These are caused when there is a weakness or protrusion of the intestine and the surrounding tissues through portions of the abdominal wall. The femoral canal is already a weak ligament in women. For intestines to push against it will worsen this until it is spilling inside. Certain circumstances will place a great deal of stress on the abdomen and make it worse. This includes:

  • Coughing
  • Large bowels
  • Obesity
  • Constipation
  • Standing
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Rapid movements that are not natural for your body
  • Abnormal stretching

Who Is At Risk?

Women who have had several children through natural childbirth are going to be at risk of developing this type of hernia. Pregnancy and labor can cause the femoral canal to stretch and put pressure on the abdomen. Women who smoke are also at risk. Also the older the woman becomes the more weak the femoral canal will become.

Although these are asymptomatic (no symptoms) they can sometimes be painful in certain women. Because they are able to cause serious medical problems and can easily become strangulated it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to have it treated as soon as possible.