Age – Nothing But a Number
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is literally a situation where the muscles of the pelvic floor let you down. It’s one of many consequences of a weakened or damaged pelvic floor. As the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments holding the organs in place weaken, the bladder – or the uterus or the rectum – may begin to bulge down into the vagina creating this hernia-like condition.
Many women assume it’s a condition that only plagues seniors, and some aren’t even aware that prolapse is a risk.
Recently, I saw a thirty-six year old woman with complete uterine vaginal prolapse, stress incontinence and urgency. Shortly after her diagnosis, she underwent surgery and five months later she is back to work and lifting 70 lbs! She no longer suffers from stress or urge incontinence, and no more pain during intercourse.
Her only complaint is that she did not take care of her problem earlier. Yes, she is thirty-six years young!
It never hurts to take proactive measures, especially if you’ve experienced other symptoms of a weakened pelvic floor, like incontinence. Kegels are key to a healthy pelvic floor (not to mention working wonders for your sex life!).
Women of all ages can have pelvic floor problems so don’t be shy to discuss your problem, no matter how old – or young – you may be!