I wonder what makes it OK to talk openly about breast health yet we still find it awkward to discuss problems with our downstairs department?
We all get a bit embarrassed, give it a silly name and laugh it off. God forbid we use the medical VAGINA word.
Yet suffering problems in THAT area is just as valid and distressing as suffering problems in any other part of the body. So why do we all blush and stay hush?
Finally, thanks to increased media coverage, the taboo is beginning to break down on discussing women’s health in what is essentially just another part of the body that can break a bit. In this case the health issue of incontinence or prolapse.
Agreed, it may not be dinner party conversation, but a third of women suffer at some point in their lives, so it is hardly an unusual health topic.
Childbirth is superb at messing up our pelvic floor but is it any wonder?
Babies are big in relative terms to a body part that isn’t.
A few famous women have spoken publically about childbirth and the problems it can cause which will hopefully give other women the confidence to follow suit and visit their GP if they are concerned.
British actress Kate Winslet laughed about it on the Graham Norton show as American rapper 50 Cent sat in awe when he learnt that three sneezes in a row can trigger “sneeze pees”.
Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, TV host Nadia Sawalha and Ronnie Wood’s ex wife Jo have all openly told how they have taken steps to fix incontinence. This is fantastic as it means the serious issue of problems with women’s pelvic floor after childbirth, can be brought into the open. For women too shy to talk about it, they can at least read the stories and go to Google to look at ways to fix it.
For most mums who suffer it is laughed off. but the truth is, it’s an annoying and embarrassing problem and one that can easily be eased or fixed for up to 80 per cent of women with good pelvic floor therapy available for free on the NHS.
All you have to do is ask your GP for a referral.
Sadly in the UK this is not given much publicity at the new baby stage and women just put up and shut up until in some cases it gets progressively worse as the years go on.
In France physio sessions are offered as standard to new mums in a bid to make sure it is fixed early on so women learn how to exercise their pelvic floor muscles properly – for life.
So why not give it a go? What have you got to lose? f it doesn’t work there are natural surgical solutions like a sling made out of your own tissue or a Burch colposupension which is like a hitch and stitch.
As somebody who has run Sling The Mesh campaign for three years our advice is steer well clear of a day case op called the TVT or TVTO which uses a mesh tape sling to hoist things up, for prolapse uses a mesh patch.
For some women it appears to work wonders – but at Sling The Mesh we say it is only good for now.
There is no long term evidence to prove it will be good for a woman’s lifetime. Increasingly on our page of more than 6,400 members (as of August 2018) we see women joining who were fine for months or many years until it began shrinking and cutting into tissues, nerves and causing pain. One woman was fine for 18 years until the plastic mesh implant sliced her urethra.
We have many young mums in their 30s and 40s on the group suffering chronic pain in the pelvis, groin and vagina which has left them struggling to walk, live their normal daily lives, look after their children. A third have lost their jobs and for seven out of ten they have lost their sex lives.
It can cause lifelong UTIs, problems going to the toilet and having to self catheterise or allergic reactions. Many report inflammation and bloating in the stomach while more than a third suffer auto immune diseases.
You might be one of the lucky ones – but you might not. Mesh does not discriminate by age, weight, height, race, creed. It really is Russian Roulette as to who suffers. There is no such thing as an appropriately selected patient.
Would you want to take the risk? Try natural solutions and say no to mesh surgery.
For information on how to fix things naturally visit Facebook page Sling The Mesh Natural Solutions for life’s leaks and pelvic organ prolapse: