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Why is an inguinal hernia more common in men than in women?

Men develop hernias more than women do because of the way the testicles form, moving down the inguinal canal and creating gaps in the abdominal muscle after birth. Thus, an inguinal hernia is 10 ten times more likely to develop in a man than in a woman.

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