Uterine Prolapse: The Real Deal
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Many women suffer from uterine prolapse as a result of age and childbirth. But this condition is now surgically treatable. Learn more about uterine prolapse in this video.
Transcript: I've made it my mission to help women make sense of problems like pelvic organ prolapse, a condition...
I've made it my mission to help women make sense of problems like pelvic organ prolapse, a condition that occurs when a woman's bladder, rectum, or uterus falls from its proper location down into the vaginal canal. When a woman hears this definition for the first time, the next question is almost always the same: What can I do to make sure that NEVER happens to me? And each time, I regrettably unveil the truth. If a woman wants to avoid prolapse, the formula is both simple and unfair: never birth babies and die by age 50. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the collagen fibers in the connective tissues holding up the uterus, bladder, rectum and perineum thin out or stretch. It's most common in women who give birth vaginally, but I've seen it in women who have never been pregnant. The biggest problem with pelvic organ prolapse is that women often suffer for years, believing nothing can be done. And it's not only because they're too embarrassed to talk to their doctor about it, but also because their doctor isn't familiar with uterine resuspension and likely says that hysterectomy is the best way to fix prolapse. Consider this: When someone has knee or shoulder ligament problems, it's treated with physical therapy or surgery. These reconstructive procedures are done to correct the exact same type of wear and tear connective tissue defects that occur in the female pelvis. A torn rotator cuff just seems less sinister. The bottom line is you can have a pelvic support tune-up, and you don't have to whack out your organs to do it. To learn more about the latest uterine prolapse treatment options, check out other uterine health videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-02 | Tags »
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Approximately 30% of all women suffer from uterine prolapse at some point in their lives. Get the facts on uterine prolapse and how it's treated in this video.
Transcript: Uterine prolapse affects 30% of ALL women, so theres a good chance that it will touch you or someone...
Uterine prolapse affects 30% of ALL women, so theres a good chance that it will touch you or someone you know. But before you can comprehend uterine prolapse, you need to have a basic understanding of a womans pelvis. The vagina is the foundation of female anatomy, while the cervix sits above the vagina, and the uterus above the cervix. Connective tissue called uterosacral ligaments hold the uterus and cervix in place. As the primary support system for the entire female pelvis, these uterosacral ligaments are extremely important! Uterine prolapse occurs when collagen fibers in these ligaments stretch or weaken, causing the cervix and uterus to drop down into the vaginal canal. If it drops far enough, its actually possible to feel and see the cervix, which looks like a small pink donut. Although this is not usually painful, a woman may experience feelings of heaviness or pulling in the pelvis. Other symptoms of uterine prolapse include painful sex, low backache, frequent urination, or even vaginal bleeding. A number of things can cause uterine prolapse. Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to experience thinning and stretching of the supportive uterosacral ligaments, especially those who experience long labors or deliver big babies. Prolapse is also more likely in women over 50, simply because muscle tone decreases with age. Research also suggests that some women may be genetically predisposed to uterine prolapse. In other words, you cant always PREVENT uterine prolapse, but you CAN-and should-learn about treatment options. One effective treatment choice is a pessary, which is a vaginal support made of rubber, plastic, or silicone. A doctor fits a womans pessary to her body to hold the prolapse comfortably in place. Surgery is another option, which, unlike a pessary, actually REPAIRS the prolapse. One in nine cases of uterine prolapse is severe enough to require surgery. The good news is that uterine prolapse IS fixable! To learn more about this condition and other female concerns, check out other videos on this site.More »
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Urinary incontinence can take a toll on your social life as well as personal life -- especially when you wet your pants every time you sneeze or cough. Watch this video on Bladder Control to learn about treatments for this condition.
Transcript: You probably know someone with urinary incontinence. Chances are she'll never tell you-it's not exactly...
You probably know someone with urinary incontinence. Chances are she'll never tell you-it's not exactly grocery aisle conversation-but she's there. I know because it happens all the time. Women come into my office saying, 'I just want to work out in my gym without wetting my pants' Sometimes urinary incontinence is associated with pelvic organ prolapse, however, not every woman with prolapse leaks urine, and plenty of women wearing incontinence diapers have no prolapse whatsoever. But it doesn't matter why you have bladder problems or when they started. All that truly matters is that you can tell your doctor what's going on with your bladder. It's that simple. There's not a single thing appealing about wetting your pants every time you cough, sneeze or lift something heavy. This type of 'exert and squirt' incontinence is easily remedied with a minimally invasive sling procedure or urethral bulking injections that take 20 minutes and can be done at the same time as prolapse repair. If you are planning a sling or urethral injections, make sure that your doctor is POSITIVE that you're dealing with stress incontinence and not urge incontinence, or an overactive bladder. If your incontinence is due to overactive bladder, a sling or injectables can make overactive bladder worse, sending you down a long road of revision surgery, overactive bladder medications, Kegel exercise therapies and bladder retaining drills. If your incontinence is due to BOTH stress and urge incontinence, you may need both a sling for the stress incontinence, and medications, Kegels and retraining for the urge incontinence. Sometimes it's best to treat the urge incontinence before undergoing a sling procedure, and sometimes the sling should come first. Communication with your doctor is crucial, because you are the most important player in your quest for bladder control. If you understand the game plan, you're much more likely to get the results you need. The bottom line is wetting your pants not only is messy and not normal, it can drive you nuts, ruin your self esteem, your social life, your athletic performance, your professional presence and your sexuality. Don't suffer in silence. It's just not worth it.More »
Last Modified: 2014-06-25 | Tags »
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