You might also like these other newsletters: Please enter a valid email address Sign up Oops! Please enter a valid email address Oops! Please select a newsletter Some individuals with a hernia may experience sexual dysfunction until the condition is treated. Although people can experience temporary sexual dysfunction because of pain and pelvic floor spasms, the condition is rare. The anatomy is actually separate.
An inguinal groin hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the abdominal wall at the inguinal canal, which is the passageway through the abdominal wall near the groin, according to an article published by Harvard Medical School.
About 1 in 4 men develop an inguinal hernia in their lifetime and about 1 in 7 will have a hernia that will need surgery, says Dr. Hernias are mainly asymptomatic. Instead, they might have discomfort, a dull ache, or no noticeable symptoms except for the bulging from the hernia itself.
But people who do experience pain are more likely to experience sexual problems, says Towfigh. A study published in the International Journal of Urology , which included men and 14 women, revealed that Inguinal hernia operations are the most common surgery for hernias. Although hernias do not appear to have a direct link to sexual dysfunction, pain after surgery may cause sexual dysfunction in some patients, but it is a complicated issue, says Towfigh.
According to the Cleveland Clinic , pain after surgery may be associated with the mesh used in hernia repair. The body may recognize the mesh as a foreign object, causing inflammation or irritation. Chronic pain may also result from a nerve being caught in the mesh.
In this case, patients my opt for mesh removal, nerve ablation, or anesthetic injections to relieve the pain. This study also revealed that implanted mesh can lead to long-term tissue induration, which can impact sexual function. Another study, published in March in the journal Frontiers of Surgery , found that sexual dysfunction due to groin pain after hernia surgery is surprisingly common.
There is still limited research on this topic, says Towfigh. The Hernia Surgery center in Los Angeles advises patients to discuss sexual intercourse with their doctor, as hernia repair recovery times may vary. The good news is that they are no medical or physical restrictions on activity after surgery, but patients should let pain be their guide, as sex may be uncomfortable at first, according to the Cleveland Medical Center.
So if it is painful, give it some more time.