What causes a femoral hernia?
A femoral hernia can occur when fatty tissue or part of an intestine, protrudes through into the groin area at the top of the inner thigh through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall of the abdomen and into the femoral canal.
Femoral hernias tend to occur more frequently in women due to the wider shape of the female pelvis. While more common in older women, femoral hernias are highly rare in children.
As stated earlier, the hernia can appear suddenly when the muscles of the abdomen are strained. Those who suffer from constipation can aggravate the hernia and cause it to appear suddenly. Femoral hernias have also been linked to obesity, those with heavy coughs and those who carry or push heavy loads.