Contrary to popular opinion, hernias are not just a man's problem. In fact, according to Self magazine, more than one-quarter of all hernia repairs are done on women.
A bulge of soft tissue that forces its way through or between flawed muscle walls, a hernia can occur in the groin, abdomen, thigh or at the site of a surgical scar (such as a Caesarean section or hysterectomy).
Coughing, straining because of constipation, being overweight and lifting heavy objects can increase pressure on weak muscle walls, pushing the organ tissue through and leading to a hernia.
Because hernias tend to run in families, if either of your parents or grandparents have had one, pay special attention to the following preventive moves:
Shed extra pounds.
When lifting something heavy, use your legs to take the strain off your back and abdomen.
Don't overdo abdominal exercises such as sit-ups.