Whilst we’re quick to tell people if we suffer from a cold, sprained ankle and many other medical conditions, when it comes to problems related to our intimate health we tend to clam up and keep quiet. This is understandable as it can be embarrassing to discuss issues such as uterus problems, pelvic pain, urine leaks and prolapse. However, we could be doing more harm than good by failing to talk about these crucial issues.
You’re not alone
Whilst you may not wish to tell the world and his dog about your prolapse, confiding in trusted friends can help you to get the worry off your chest and help them to understand when you don’t seem like yourself. You may also find that they themselves are suffering from similar symptoms or have had the same problem in the past. It can be useful to know you’re not alone and to share advice on getting better. Furthermore, your experience may motivate others to get medical help for uterus problems which they have previously been avoiding.
Opening up is the first step to treatment
If you suffer from any symptoms of prolapse it is essential that you see a doctor as soon as possible in order to get the medical treatment or prolapse repair surgery you need to continue with a pain-free life. It can be daunting telling your GP about intimate issues, but the sooner you do, the sooner it can be fixed.
Confide in your partner
Uterus pain and prolapse can make intimacy and sex painful for you, and this may come between you and your partner. Chatting to your partner about how you’re feeling and about your medical condition will help them to understand the reasons why you may have been avoiding intimacy and ensure that you remain emotionally close during the times where you need to stay strong, during your prolapse repair surgery and recovery.
Although intimate health, incontinence and prolapse are somewhat ‘taboo’ issues, they shouldn’t be since they are so crucial to our health. The more we talk about them, the easier it is for women everywhere to have the confidence to get help.