Pelvic Organ Prolapse | Know the signs and how to get help – Pelvic organ prolapse can occur when the tissues that normally support the pelvic organs (namely the bladder, uterus, and rectum) become injured or weak. This can occur in relation to childbirth, pelvic surgery, age/menopause, chronic constipation, poor lifting mechanics, and more. Symptoms include pressure or heaviness at the openings of the pelvis, pelvic pain, problems with voiding bowel/bladder, difficulty with intercourse, and sometimes changes in sensation to the pelvic region. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help with training the muscles of the pelvic floor, as well as the surrounding core muscles and diaphragm, to reduce or eliminate prolapse-related symptoms.
Tuesday, April 25, 3:00 PM
Bay Club Port Ludlow
Presented by Activities, Health & Fitness Committees of South Bay Community Association, and Jefferson Healthcare
Menopause, whether occurring naturally or via surgery, can contribute to widespread changes in one’s body including bone and cardiovascular health, but can also specifically affect the pelvic tissues and structures. Decreasing estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and tissue fragility resulting in painful intercourse or speculum exams, weakening of the tissues that support the pelvic organs contributing to incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, and some individuals can experience increased risk for other medical conditions like urinary tract infections and lichen sclerosus. A pelvic floor physical therapist can help educate patients about vulvar and vaginal care, use of lubricants and other tools, and improve flexibility and strength of the pelvic floor muscles to mitigate and prevent the symptoms associated with menopause.
Wednesday, June 21, 4:00 pm
Cotton Building, Port Townsend