Inguinal hernia: In men, the inguinal canal is a passageway for the spermatic cord and blood vessels leading to the testicles. In women, the inguinal canal contains the round ligament that gives support for the womb. In an inguinal hernia, fatty tissue or a part of the intestine pokes into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Aug 28, · Discomfort or pain is the leading symptom of a groin hernia, occurring in approximately two-thirds of men, according to an August study published in the "Journal of the American College of Surgeons." The pain is often described as dull, mild or achy. It may be brought on by strenuous physical work or prolonged standing.
Studies of men with inguinal hernias indicate the risk of having an emergency, like part of the bowel getting stuck or strangled in the muscle gap, is quite low. But because hernias tend to grow larger or cause symptoms over time, most men will require surgery within 10 years of hernia diagnosis.