Many women experience uterine prolapse when the structures that support the pelvic organs are weakened. Usually, both a muscular band and ligaments support the organs, but prolapses occur when one of these support mechanisms can no longer perform properly. A common reason for this to happen is that the muscles are damaged during the act of childbirth and also as a result of the pressure that pregnancy puts on a woman’s body. Despite popular belief, it is an inaccurate assumption that uterine prolapse exclusively affects older women.
The transition to becoming a new parent is complex for every woman, but experiencing the symptoms of uterine prolapse can make it incredibly challenging.
First-time mothers can struggle to put a name to the sensations that they may feel. There is often a lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding some of the implications of childbirth amongst new mums. Uterus problems may be the furthest things from their mind as they get to grips with parenting during those first months but addressing pelvic pain should be a priority for all mothers. Knowing that uterine prolapse can occur and crucially that it can be treated is not well known enough amongst the parenting community. A timely consultation with a Consultant Gynaecologist such as Mr Johnathan Broome could provide great relief for mothers who suspect that they have a uterine prolapse.
The first course of action is to complete a three month programme of intensive pelvic floor physiotherapy. This is really important as it helps to strengthen the muscles and subsequently, push the organs correctly back into position. Many ladies do find that this is sufficient to repair their pelvic floor. For the minority though, these exercises do not fully repair their pelvic floor and so surgery is then an option.
A sacrohysteropexy, which is a surgical intervention to reposition the uterus and therefore correct the prolapse, can remove the need for a hysterectomy. This is something that is of great comfort to women who do not feel that their family is complete and indeed those who aren’t ready to embrace the consequences of a hysterectomy. This procedure is growing in popularity because it also involves only keyhole surgery, which ultimately carries a reduced risk in comparison to other more invasive procedures.
Jonathan Broome of The Pelvic Clinic is one of only a handful of surgical specialists in the UK who possess the expertise to perform sacrohysteropexy surgery. He has a growing number of ladies who have had this procedure and then continued to have another child without problems
We encourage all new mums to visit a specialist should they be experiencing symptoms of a uterine prolapse. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we will address your concerns with great sensitivity while we identify the appropriate solutions that will enable you to embrace your role as a new parent without the worry and implications of an untreated prolapse.