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May 15, 2024 3 min read

Welcome to TESTI-monials: Real stories of how UFM Underwear has transformed men's lives.

Our thousands of 5-star reviews reveal surprising ways UFMs have helped men ditch discomfort and get back to the lives they enjoy. 

Today's review comes from Barry, who shared how UFM Underwear helped his recovery from hernia surgery:

"After bilateral inguinal hernia surgery my doctor advised me to wear proper supportive underwear during recovery and beyond. I tried various brands form Amazon but nothing really did the job. Then I found UFM and knew as soon as I put them on and adjusted as necessary, they were exactly 'what the doctor ordered' In fact, had I started wearing these 5 years ago, I may have avoided needing hernia surgery altogether."

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue, such as a portion of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. This type of hernia appears as a bulge in the groin area or the scrotum in men. Inguinal hernias are more common in men than in women and can develop gradually over time or suddenly due to increased abdominal pressure.

The main causes of inguinal hernias include:

  1. Weakness in the abdominal wall: This weakness can be present at birth or develop later in life, often due to aging, heavy lifting, chronic coughing, or straining during bowel movements.

  2. Increased abdominal pressure: Factors such as obesity, pregnancy, heavy lifting, or persistent coughing can increase pressure on the abdominal muscles, contributing to the development of an inguinal hernia.

Common symptoms of inguinal hernias include a visible bulge in the groin area, discomfort or pain, especially when lifting or bending over, a heavy or dragging sensation in the groin, and swelling or enlargement of the scrotum in men.

Treatment for inguinal hernias typically involves surgical repair to strengthen the weakened abdominal wall and return the protruding tissue to its proper place. However, supportive measures such as wearing specialized hernia support underwear can help alleviate discomfort and provide temporary relief, particularly for individuals awaiting surgery or managing mild hernia symptoms.

How can Supportive Underwear Help Men with an Inguinal Hernia?

Supportive underwear can be helpful for men with an inguinal hernia for several reasons:

  1. Reduced Discomfort: Supportive underwear can provide gentle compression and support to the affected area, helping to hold the hernia in place and reduce discomfort. This support can alleviate the sensation of heaviness or dragging often associated with inguinal hernias. 

  2. Prevention of Further Hernia Development: Supportive underwear can help prevent the hernia from worsening or becoming more pronounced by providing external support to the weakened abdominal muscles. By keeping the hernia contained and supported, the risk of complications such as strangulation or incarceration may be reduced.

  3. Improved Mobility: Supportive underwear can improve mobility and confidence in individuals with inguinal hernias. By providing stability and reinforcement to the affected area, supportive underwear can help individuals move more comfortably and engage in daily activities with less hesitation or discomfort.

  4. Pre-Surgery Management: For individuals awaiting surgical repair of their inguinal hernia, supportive underwear can offer temporary relief and support. While surgery is often the definitive treatment for inguinal hernias, supportive measures such as wearing specialized underwear can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life until surgical intervention can be performed.

Overall, supportive underwear can play a valuable role in managing inguinal hernias by providing comfort, stability, and temporary relief while awaiting surgery or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Try a pair of UFM Underwear and see how supportive underwear can start transforming your life.