I want to talk about pregnancy and organ prolapse today. I have a guest blogger who has written a great blog about what this condition is, how to repair it and more importantly how to prevent it from occurring. Now some of you might be thinking that if you are having a C-section that this does not apply to you. WRONG! Pelvic prolapse can occur even if you are not pushing your baby out. No matter your birth plans, during pregnancy your pelvic floor is affected by the extra weight of your baby. Please keep reading this post and reply with your experience of either preventing it or what you did to help repair it.
Pregnancy and Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Elizabeth Carrollton, Drugwatch
If there is one thing a woman is not thinking about during pregnancy, it is probably Pelvic Organ Prolapse. However, almost 50 percent of all women will be diagnosed with Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). This is because pregnancy, childbirth and menopause are leading causes of POP. Women’s bodies undergo a profound metamorphosis in the nine months it takes to create human life. Unfortunately, the stretching of the connective tissues and muscles in the pelvis can leave a lasting effect.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Once a woman’s connective tissues and muscles have been stretched to accommodate pregnancy, they are never quite the same. Combine this with decreased estrogen levels during menopause, which causes a further thinning and weakening of pelvic tissues, and POP is often the result.
At its mildest, POP is asymptomatic, meaning a woman won’t have any symptoms, but it may be noticed by her doctor during a pelvic exam. At its most dramatic, the uterus or bladder can begin to collapse and descend into the […]