Suffering from pelvic floor disorders – which incorporate urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and uterine prolapse – can feel incredibly isolating. Many women suffering from one of these issues may feel embarrassed by their symptoms and avoid seeking help. However most women will experience a pelvic floor disorder at some point in their life, and there are ways to prevent and treat the symptoms without extreme surgery like a hysterectomy.
Pelvic floor disorders typically happen when the muscles that support the pelvic organs become weakened or damaged. This can occur as a result of childbirth, being overweight and from the effects of ageing. While these factors contribute to the risk of having a pelvic floor disorder, it is by no means an inevitable outcome.
Urinary and faecal incontinence can be caused by numerous factors and the symptoms can be debilitating, significantly affecting the confidence of the sufferer. However, you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence affects up to one in five women during their lifetime. Seeking advice from a physician and speaking out about your condition is the first step in treating your symptoms and regaining your confidence.
Urinary incontinence is a symptom of uterine prolapse – another pelvic floor disorder. Prolapse is caused by weakening or damage of the pelvic floor muscles that hold the vagina and uterus in place, causing the organs to move beyond their usual position. Like incontinence, uterine prolapse can be hugely distressing, causing uterus pain and leading to sufferers feeling isolated and uncomfortable talking about the problem. However, prolapse is a very common issue and there are a number of ways to treat it.
If pelvic floor exercises are proving ineffective your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy as the only solution. However, a less invasive prolapse surgery known as sacrohysteropexy can treat the problem of prolapse without the need for a hysterectomy, thereby enabling women to continue having children and allowing them to live a normal life again. The procedure, as performed by Mr Jonathan Broome, is quick and there is a shorter recovery time than expected following a hysterectomy. In fact, this procedure is so successful that Mr Broome has not performed a hysterectomy for prolapse for over 10 years.
Suffering from a pelvic floor disorder can make you feel embarrassed and afraid to talk about the problem; however, it is essential to remember that you’re not alone and that help is readily available. Please contact us for more information.