The unfortunate fact is that hernia symptoms in women are often misdiagnosed by doctors. For some women, the symptoms of a hernia are similar to that of other problems, like ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or adhesions froma previous operation. Since women only account for 8% of hernias diagnosed, too many doctors simply don’t think a hernia could be the problem when a woman complains of pelvic pain.

Fortunately, though, Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center has helped to identify and treat this nationwide problem that has needlessly endangered and prolonged the pain of women.

It’s true that laypersons hear less often about abdominal hernia cases impacting female patients when compared to males, but it happens every day. The problem is that doctors and other medical professionals also hear less often about female hernia cases, which are also more difficult to spot.

The result is a vicious cycle where the lack of visibility of cases of hernia in women makes it less likely that doctors will identify the problem. In women, hernias can cause chronic pelvic pain, but Dr. Towfigh is exceptionally effective at both diagnosing hernias and treating the pain they cause.

There are some types of hernia that are actually far more common in women than in men. For instance, women are three times more common than men to suffer from a femoral hernia. Women can also be effected by inguinal hernias or incisional hernias, among other types of hernia.

Shirin Towfigh, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a leading medical authority on hernias in women as well as men. She has been on the forefront of helping women, whose often intense abdominal and groin painhas been left untreated, prolonging their suffering and, in rare cases, presenting a life-threatening health risk. Her work on this behalf has been covered on television and in The New York Times.


One reason hernia symptoms in women are misdiagnosed is that anatomical differences make the condition harder to identify. Hernias are basically naturally occurring holes in the body that have grown too large and allow internal organs and tissue to protrude. In women, the protuberances tend to be a great deal less obvious.

Due to the nature of female anatomy, when women lay down, hernia protuberances can become all but invisible to practitioners who don’t know exactly what to look for. Unlike hernias in men, those that afflict women are usually small and internal and rarely cause a large, obvious bulge. Moreover, ultrasounds are generally a very effective diagnostic tool, but are often ineffective in finding hernias in women.

Sadly, the hidden, internal kind of hernia that affect women are more likely to entrap abdominal fat and compress nerves, causing intense pain. The discomfort can make acitivities that should be pleasurable, like picking up children or enjoying exercise, challenging or even impossible for women suffering from a hernia.

As one of the nation’s foremost specialists in hernia surgery, Dr. Towfigh is familiar with precisely how hernias “hide” in the female anatomy. Many of her patients have struggled for months or years with pain that was attributed to numerous other causes, such as fibroids or ovarian cysts, before finally finding relief at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center.

Dr. Towfigh is also highly knowledgeable in dealing with some of the most potentially difficult issues that can arise related to abdominal hernia, including dealing with a hernia during pregnancy. A board certified general surgeon who was trained and has taught at some of the nation’s most respected medical institutions, Dr. Towfigh is renowned for her ability to deal with hernias and other medical issues in the most effective way possible.


Trained in surgery at UCLA’s world famous medical school, named “Best in the West” for 22 straight years by US News and World Report, Dr. Towfigh has taught at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, and the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her record of excellence, and the results she has achieved for patients make her perhaps the finest single doctor in the U.S. for abdominal hernia treatment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from pain that may be a case of an undiagnosed abdominal hernia or if you questions on any subject, including hernia and pregnancy, now is the time to contact her. Please call 310-358-5020 or visit here contact page.