After childbirth, a lot of women suffer with problems ‘down below’.
Statistics show that 15% of first time mothers will suffer incontinence after vaginal childbirth and 30% of all childbearing women will have a vaginal or anal prolapse at some point.
These conditions can continue for decades because many women think ‘it’s normal to have such inconveniences after giving birth’ or are too embarrassed to go to a doctor to get it treated. Some may have split the vaginal wall causing total loss of sensation during sex and yet they continue for years of numbness without getting it treated.
This problem was highlighted again on Channel 4′s Embarrassing Bodies programme this evening. Sharon visited the surgery complaining that she had suffered with female stress incontinence for 18 years as a result of a very badly sewn episiotomy, followed by further labours.
When Dr Pixie examined her, there was no sign of prolapse, but she did identify one of the most common female incontinence causes – weak pelvic floor muscles – and sent her off to have their strength properly checked.
A probe, which is linked to a computer that can measure the intensity of the internal squeeze, was inserted into her vagina. The stronger the squeeze, the higher the measuring graph peaks and a weak pelvic floor muscle was confirmed.
Weak pelvic floors and the consequential female stress incontinence are not exclusively related to giving birth, however. They can also be caused by the hormonal changes of the Menopause, general loss of muscle tone due to old age and the weight bearing pressure of obesity.
Women with weak pelvic floor muscles can be given simple kegel and pelvic floor exercises by their doctor or physiotherapist to help return them to their correct tension.
Sharon, the lady in the programme, was given some additional help in the form of some weighted vaginal cones. Pushing one of these pelvic toners inside her, she went about her daily chores as she exercised by clenching her internal muscles to hold the cones in place.
After a year of using the vaginal cones, Sharon no longer needed to be aware of the location of the nearest toilet when she went out. After 18 years of a restricted lifestyle that made her concerned about leaving the house. Her life has been revolutionised by a simple little device. But if only she had plucked up the courage to visit the doctor earlier.
Originally posted 2010-04-25 22:49:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter