You will hear me say this time and time again "Menopause will have you believe you are malfunctioning". When I first started posting my surgical menopause journey I would get so many questions about dryness and prolapse and at the time I had no clue because it wasn't something I had experienced until I did.
I've been on this menopause journey for 7 years now and my has my body changed. I started noticing dryness on skin maybe 3 or 4 years in and it wasn't normal, about a year ago I noticed my eyes were always dry and itchy it wasn't allergies so I started using eye drops and I immediately noticed the difference. Then, constipation and prolapse started. At this point I was like "okay Amelia let go back to the DM's and look at some of those questions you were asked".
I know you are reading this because you want to know more about vaginal prolapse, just so you know I'm no doctor I just here living my life on a journey I didn't anticipate trying to help other women navigate this surgical menopausal/pre-menopause life. Okay let's get into it.
Vaginal or Pelvic organ prolapse is when the your pelvic organs drop from their normal position due to a weak pelvic floor. The pelvic floor can become weak due to:
Continuous Heavy lifting (lifting improperly)
Types of Hysterectomy (*not all hysterectomies can be a causation of prolapse. For those who have had a radical hysterectomy I would say are at more risk due to the removal of uterus, ovaries and if you've had partial vagina removed this would shorten the vaginal canal. Don't quote me on this talk to your doctor)
There are a number of reasons for vaginal prolapse to occur other than the one's mentioned if you think you may be experiencing prolapse and you don't fit in any of the above categories talk to your gynecologist about what could have cause this for you.
Types of Vaginal Prolapse
Vaginal Vault - When vaginal walls loose shape, and collapse into the vaginal canal.
Uterine Prolapse - When pelvic muscles and ligaments stretch and can no longer provide support to the uterus causing the uterus to descend out of the vagina.
Bladder Prolapse - When the bladder and vaginal tissue weaken and falls.
Rectocele Prolapse - When the thin wall of the tissue that separate the rectum and vagina wall weakens and falls.
Enterocele Prolapse - When the lower intestine descends into the lower pelvic cavity and pushes out the top of the vagina.
Prevention & Treatment
Pelvic Floor exercises
Reduce heavy lifting
Talk to your doctor if you are suffering from constipation
Surgery (This will be upon the judgement of your doctor)
Please note that all treatment and prevention options are for information purposes only. Getting a final diagnosis from a doctor and discuss treatment options is best .
Listen, I know this is a lot to take in trust me I know, but it's better to be aware and keep track of what's happening to your body. When I discovered I could be experiencing prolapse I immediately took a mirror to assess the situation that I knew was caused by my issues with constipation. I started Kegel exercises, and I've scheduled an appointment with a gynecologist. Although I am nervous about this situation I know that that I'm taking the right steps, I'm doing my research, and I remain prayerful that all things will work out.
As always I will keep you posted with my progress and provide you with as much information as possible. Menopause = Body Changes, but they don't have to get the best of you, stay connected to a menopause community (I hope Millennial In Menopause is one of them), and do things that bring you peace.