At times, we get so caught up in our day to day rituals that we miss signals our bodies send us. Sometimes those signals are related to basic bodily functions, such as the need to urinate, defecate, or pass gas. But other times, subtle signals may be indicative of significant health issues, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which is estimated to impact 50% of women.
We women tend to our professional and employment duties, our household chores, and the needs of our children or grandchildren. We tend to the stack of bills sitting on our desks. We tend to our lawns and gardens. The one thing we typically don’t tend to is our health, or if we do, we push it to the bottom of our list. Read More
With nearly every theme discussed freely these days in media, most health issues land squarely out in the open. Conversations related to sexual energy are generally considered acceptable topics of conversation. Unfortunately, the stigmatized symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) hinder dialogue about this extremely common women’s health condition. Read More
I need to remind myself daily about POP maintenance daily. As I brush my teeth, I remember halfway through to contract my PC. When I put my makeup on, a little voice nags at me to “pull it in, pull it up”. As I blow-dry my hair and analyze my form in the mirror (oh come on now, you know we all do it), I think to myself am I pulling in my abdominal muscles but forgetting to contract my pelvic floor? As a grassroots women’s pelvic floor health advocate, shouldn’t I be doing all the right pelvic floor self-help stuff all the time? Read More
The natural course of medical evolution is to research and experiment, adjust treatment techniques as need dictates, and shift health best practices forward. Hippocrates maintained that disease processes may have natural causes and put forth the Hippocratic Oath, First Do No Harm, to guide treatment practice. Somewhere between 129 - 216 AD, Galen established clinical medicine based on observation and experience, resulting in the integrated and comprehensive system that remains in practice to this day.
The path of women’s health is no different. Between 1800 - 1835 BC, the Kahun Papyrus established the practice of gynecology, and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) treatment was first documented. When a new treatment protocol shines a light, the voices of women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse clearly indicate they have renewed hope. The relatively recent development and exploration of radio-frequency and laser vaginal tissue restoration (VTR) therapy is generating buzz without a doubt. Read More
It’s flu season, and often women with pelvic organ prolapse feel as though they are coughing their guts out.
If you’re like me, the germ-phoebe aspect of your personality starts to ramp up around this time of year. We all start paying more attention to washing our hands, get nervous about grabbing the door at stores where we shop, walk the other way when we hear someone coughing. No one wants to get a cold or the flu. Yet despite the extra protective measures we take, we somehow manage to contract something. The majority of us are exposed to hundreds of virus infested surfaces every day; there’s just no way to get around it beyond wrapping ourselves in one of those protective plastic bubbles. Not a very user friendly way to avoid getting sick. Read More
Heading into a medical procedure you’ve not previously experienced can be a bit nerve wracking, I don’t care who you are or what your area of expertise is. There is no such thing as a worry-free procedure with inaugural health treatments. As a pelvic organ prolapse advocate, I intersect with clinicians daily, have witnessed some relatively invasive procedures, and have watched more than my fair share of surgical videos. But being the body on the table…let’s just say the analytical brain takes the day off and anxiety comes up a tad. Did I have concerns about having a radio-frequency vaginal procedure-absolutely! Vaginal procedures in general raise anxiety for most women no matter what is being addressed. There’s something about being naked from the waist down with legs spread wide and people or machines poking at your nether regions that brings out the angst in the strongest of us. Read More