Q12. What causes a hernia?

A12. A hernia can develop for a variety of reasons which include:

  • Lifting heavy weights or objects
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic coughing, e.g. smoker’s cough
  • Constipation
  • Age: hernias often develop the older you get

These causes apply to all types of hernia. Some hernias such as the femoral hernia are more likely to occur in women whereas the inguinal hernia often develops in men.

Find out more in our types of hernia section.

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