I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse shortly after the birth of my fourth child.
I started suspecting something was wrong when I felt a bulge in my vagina. It felt like a fullness, like something was sitting at the entrance of my vagina. I’ve had that feeling before, after previous births, but it went away as the birth related swelling went down. Not this time.
I was concerned something could be permanently damaged during childbirth.
I also noticed new symptoms that I didn’t have before, such as involuntarily passing gas and dribbling urine after voiding. I was concerned something could be permanently damaged during childbirth. So I sought care with an urogynecologist, who diagnosed me with grade I pelvic organ prolapse and referred me to physical therapy.
I am happy to report that physical therapy worked!
At my follow-up appointment after 6 weeks of physical therapy, my doctor said my prolapse was gone. My post void dribble frequency has decreased, and I don’t lose the control of passing gas anymore. This has really helped with my mood and confidence.
If you have ever been pregnant, my advice to you is get assessed by a pelvic floor physical therapist! Pregnancy AND birth can cause pelvic organ prolapse and other problems.
You want to identify the problems early and “exercise” those muscles just like any other muscles in your body!
Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Pelvic Health Therapist at Mettler Center.
Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.