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How can you tell if pain around your groin is caused by an inguinal hernia?

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There are other conditions that can cause groin pain. Common ones include:

Inguinal hernia. This happens when fat or a loop of your intestine pushes through a weak spot in your belly muscles. You may see a bulge in your groin or scrotum. One quarter of all men will have this problem during their lifetime. If the intestine or fat gets stuck in the abdominal muscle wall, its blood supply may get cut off. That’s called a strangulated hernia. Symptoms can include:

Get urgent care if you have any of these symptoms. A strangulated hernia is a life-threatening emergency.

The hernia can be fixed with surgery.

  • Redness or sudden pain near the bulge
  • You can’t poop or pass gas
  • Nausea, vomiting, fever

From: Why Does My Groin Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Groin Pain: Male,” “Kidney Infection.”  

Nemours Foundation: “Groin Strain.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

American Cancer Society: “Do I Have Testicular Cancer?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Below the Belt: Pain Men Shouldn’t Ignore.”

Washington University School of Medicine: “When to Worry About Groin Pain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Groin Pain: Male,” “Kidney Infection.”  

Nemours Foundation: “Groin Strain.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Inguinal Hernia,” “Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis).”

American Cancer Society: “Do I Have Testicular Cancer?”

Urology Care Foundation: “Below the Belt: Pain Men Shouldn’t Ignore.”

Washington University School of Medicine: “When to Worry About Groin Pain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

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