Spread the Word! June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month
Pelvic Organ Prolapse(POP) is when the muscles of the pelvic floor do not adequately support your pelvic organs and one or more descend from their normal position into the vaginal canal. In advanced cases the organs may push through the vaginal canal and bulge outside of the body.
The organs that can be affected in this disorder include: uterine, bladder (cystocele), rectum (rectocele), vagina and intestines (enterocele). There is a four level grading system for severity.
The prevalence of POP is unknown as many women do not seek help out of embarrassment. It is estimated that up to 50% of women will experience some degree of POP in their lifetime. Some women may have POP and have no symptoms at all.
It can be a devastating diagnosis that requires empathy and understanding.
I am not sharing this to induce fear, rather to empower you with knowledge. And to those suffering, know that you are NOT ALONE and THERE IS HELP! It is possible to improve POP, possibly even reverse it, and you can work to improve your symptoms.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, I urge you to seek help:
1) Feeling of heaviness or bulging in the vagina
2) Feeling as though your vagina is "falling out"
3) Like you are sitting on a ball or egg
4) Pain in your pelvis, low back or during intercourse
5) Incontinence (Urine, fecal or gas)
6) You have difficulty keeping a tampon in
7) Something just doesn't feel right
I urge all women to seek the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist in pregnancy and postpartum but particularly if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
If you want direction on where you can receive help or want more information please E-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have pelvic organ prolapse and I understand that it can be terrifying, frustrating and alienating. Please remember, you are not alone and there is help.
Now let's spread the word!