Coping with the emotional impact of a prolapse

If you read our blog regularly, you’re probably aware of the physical symptoms associated with uterine prolapses. However, you may not know about the emotional and psychological symptoms that go with them. If you’re suffering from a prolapse (or are at risk of having one), it’s important for you to be prepared for the psychological impact it might have on you. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the most common effects a prolapse can have on your state of mind and emotions and suggest a few simple coping mechanisms that you can use until your prolapse is repaired.

1. Anger and frustration

Prolapses can often be painful enough to stop you doing things you normally love. They can limit the range of activities and pastimes that you can participate in, thereby forcing you to make changes to your lifestyle. Obviously, this can lead to feelings of frustration and a sense of anger. You can alleviate these feelings by concentrating on the fact that you will be able to resume your active hobbies and pastimes once you have been through prolapse repair surgery and are fully recovered. In the meantime, we recommend taking up a less physically strenuous hobby or activity that your prolapse won’t interfere with. This will help you fill your time and eliminate the feeling that you have nothing to do, thereby ameliorating your anger and frustration.

2. Embarrassment

Embarrassment is the most common psychological response to a prolapse. It can be a deeply uncomfortable emotional state and may evolve into a feeling of shame if it isn’t addressed. The best way to deal with embarrassment is simply to push past it and talk to people about the thing that’s embarrassing you. Start by talking to those you feel closest to, such as your family and your closest friends, and ask for their support. You’ll be surprised how quickly your embarrassment fades away.

3. Depression

It’s sometimes possible for prolapse sufferers to feel depressed as a result of their condition. The frustration, pain and embarrassment can develop into a depressive psychological malaise. If you suffer from this problem, following the tips that we gave in points 1 and 2 can help you address its root cause. However, you may also wish to talk to a psychiatric professional or counsellor if it begins to impact your daily ability to function.

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, our sacrohysteropexy operation can be used to fix your uterine prolapse and free you of the physical symptoms. Or it may be that another procedure is required to help you. However, it’s important to be aware of the mental and emotional symptoms, too, so that you can practise appropriate self-care techniques. If you’d like any more information on how to alleviate your prolapse, contact us today.

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