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Dealing with uterus pain

For many women, uterus pain is a well-known symptom and something which often turns into an ongoing problem. Whilst a significant number of women do seek medical help for uterus problems, a solution isn’t always forthcoming.

Unfortunately, many women experience uterus pain for a long period of time before they are fully diagnosed or offered any treatment. As a result, their condition may have worsened before they receive treatment and they may be experiencing an increased number of side effects.

Does uterine prolapse pain always occur?

Uterine prolapse pain is certainly not uncommon but you won’t necessarily suffer pain if you’re experiencing a prolapse. Patients may present with side effects, such as discomfort or bleeding, but not report a significant amount of pain.

As every patient differs, not everyone will experience the same symptoms. Incontinence, for example, is a common symptom of a uterine prolapse but not every patient will suffer from this. Whilst many patients may experience uterine prolapse pain, the absence of significant pain shouldn’t exclude the possibility of a prolapse being the cause of your issues.

Undergoing prolapsed uterus surgery

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus, you may have been offered a hysterectomy. Whilst this is a viable form of treatment, many women are unaware that there is an alternative, less invasive treatment available.

A sacrohysteropexy, or prolapse repair, is a better form of treatment for many women, particularly if they would like to have children in the future. Whilst a hysterectomy removes the possibility of carrying a child, a sacrohysteropexy does not prevent the patient from conceiving or carrying a child.

Is a prolapse repair permanent?

When conducting a prolapse repair, the surgeon effectively repositions the uterus and ensures that it is held in place with a form of surgical mesh. Performed by a laparoscopic procedure, this offers women a permanent solution to a uterine prolapse. Important point to mention: Mr Broome inserts his mesh via tiny keyhole ports which is a clean method. Please do not confuse this with other ways of mesh introduction

Despite its success rate, many patients are still unaware that a sacrohysteropexy is a viable treatment option and many medical practitioners may not even be familiar with the procedure. As a less invasive form of treatment, with permanent results and a high success rate, however, a sacrohysteropexy is ideal for numerous women.

To find out more about prolapse repair surgery, contact The Pelvic Clinic today.

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Simple Home Remedies for Uterus Pain

Uterus pain can be a symptom of a variety of conditions and can potentially be debilitating, affecting your ability to live your normal life every day. While a consultation with Mr Jonathan Broome, a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon, can be the first step towards a long-term resolution to your uterus problems, it is important to be able to manage the pain in the interim, so that you can enjoy your work and social life as normal.

Fortunately, there are a variety of simple but effective remedies for uterus pain that can be applied at home or work and may help relieve your symptoms.

Pain relief

Over the counter pain remedies, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin, can help ease your uterus pain quickly and effectively, and can be taken safely for a period of time. Low dose codeine (8 mg) is also available without prescription and is highly effective against pain, but must only be taken for a maximum of three days. If you are pregnant or suffer from asthma, however, taking ibuprofen, aspirin or codeine is not recommended without the agreement of your GP, so seek professional advice first.

Heat

For many people, gentle warmth can be soothing and help to relieve discomfort in many areas of the body, so you may find that it is an effective remedy for uterus pain. A hot water bottle, wrapped in a light towel to prevent scalding, or a heat pad (such as those you can warm in the microwave) are ideal, while a warm bath may also ease your pain quickly.

Relaxation techniques

Some women who experience uterus pain find that relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation or breathing exercises, can help decrease their discomfort. Not only do these activities aid muscle relaxation, they can also focus your mind so that you can become more tolerant of pain and improve your ability to manage your symptoms while continuing your usual daily routine.

Gentle exercise

When suffering from uterus pain, running the London Marathon probably isn’t ideal, but moderate, gentle exercise can be extremely beneficial. Exercise improves blood flow and increases the natural endorphins in your body, which can relieve pain, so by engaging in a regular programme of light physical activity, you may find that your symptoms improve. If exercise causes an increase in pain, observe the warning signs and ease off.

Managing your uterus pain in the short term is important to enjoy life, but a consultation at The Pelvic Clinic will provide you with the information you need to make a decision about resolving your uterus problems once and for all.