Femoral hernias sometimes appear as a painful lump in the inner upper part of the thigh or groin.
The lump can often be pushed back in or disappears when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump appear.
A femoral hernia (like an inguinal hernia) appears in the groin. Femoral hernias happen at the hole in the wall of the abdomen where the femoral artery and vein pass from the abdomen into the leg. These hernias are more common in women and tend to occur following childbirth.
A hernia can be dangerous because the intestines or other structures within the abdomen can get trapped and have their blood supply cut off (strangulated hernia).