Here’s a list with the most common types of hernias, in both men and women.
These hernias have an origin in the lower abdomen just above the leg crease, near to the pubic area. They often occur on both sides of the pubic area, and this is called bilateral inguinal hernia.
Femoral hernias, along with inguinal hernias are groin hernias. They are much more common in women but can occur in men. These hernias appear just below the groin crease.
It can occur that a person develops a hernia in the abdomen at the site of a previous surgery. This is known as an incisional hernia and it can happen weeks, months, or even years after a person’s had a surgery.
Epigastric type of a hernia is more common in men than women. They occur because there’s a weakness, a gap, or opening in the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Umbilical hernias occur near the navel, which is a part of the body that has a natural weakness from the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. These hernias are common in infants just after birth and may go away on their own by three or four years of age. However, this type of hernia can persist throughout life and occurs in men and women equally.
Hiatal hernias are quite different from other types of hernias since they represent a weakness of the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. These hernias can cause acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus, and this can lead to heartburn and pain.
There are a few other types of hernias but they are quite rare. It’s important to note that if you suspect you may have a hernia, it is important to check it with your doctor before any complications develop.