Constantly Straining During Bowel Movements
An individual who is constantly straining during bowel movements can cause an inguinal hernia to form. When food is finished digesting in an individual's stomach, it moves into the small intestine where all of the nutrients are absorbed from it. It then moves into the large intestine, which is responsible for the absorption of fluid from the digested food. When the large intestine absorbs too little fluid, the individual experiences diarrhea. When the large intestine absorbs too much fluid, the individual will experience constipation.
Constipation occurs when an individual has a difficult time passing stools. The muscles responsible for helping an individual have a bowel movement are the puborectalis muscle and the levator ani muscle. When an individual is straining during a bowel movement because they are constipated, both the puborectalis and levator ani muscle are under extreme pressure, which places tension on the other muscles surrounding the pelvis and abdomen. Too much strain on the abdominal muscles can cause them to become weakened in certain areas and allow an organ to protrude into the inguinal canal.