Prolapse is a common condition where the uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, small bowel or vagina may start to fall from its normal position.
It can be a hard topic to talk about, and is often looked at as embarrassing or taboo, but we are well versed at FBW Gynaecology Plus and help many South Australian women each year battle prolapse and incontinence.
Close to 70% of women will experience a form of prolapse or incontinence, especially women over 40 who have experienced childbirth, menopause, or have had a hysterectomy.
Symptoms of prolapse and incontinence can include:
- Sensation or heaviness or pulling in your pelvis which is worse when coughing or sneezing, or after standing for a long duration of time.
- Tissue protruding from your vagina.
- Urinary problems, such as urine leakage or urine retention.
- Trouble having a bowel movement- such as incomplete evacuation and constipation
- Low back pain.
- Feeling as if you’re sitting on a small ball or as if something is falling out of your vagina.
- Sexual concerns, such as sensing looseness in the tone of your vaginal tissue.
- Symptoms that are less bothersome in the morning and worsen as the day goes on.
These symptoms can worsen if not treated, so it is important women feel comfortable talking to medical professionals about it, without any shame or embarrassment.
Some treatments can include:
- Removal of any exacerbating factors
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Viveve – click here listen to Dr Behnia-Willison’s talk on the Transforming Bodies podcast to learn more.
- Vaginal pessaries
- Vaginal oestrogen creams
- Laparoscopic surgery or vaginal surgery with or without mesh
Pelvic floor exercises are essential for all women with or without prolapse. It is recommended before and after surgery to improve the outcome of surgical and conservative management. At FBW Gynaecology Plus we believe in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare which is why we have a pelvic physiotherapist to help you on your journey too.
More information can be found here, and we encourage you to speak to your GP if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.
Please call us on 08 8297 2822 if you would like to make an appointment with us, and help break the taboo of women’s health.