Well if you are reading this then you have most likely heard about the mesh and heard that it was for the treatment of different things. These are abbreviated as POP and SUI but what the heck are those and how do they affect women. IT sort of sounds like text lingo, doesn’t it. Well in this case it is not. Let’s examine this, shall we?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) happens when a woman’s pelvic organ (for example) her bladder, drops (or prolapses) from the spot it is suppose to be in the lower belly and pushes against the walls of the vagina. More than one organ can actually prolapse at the same time, so there are many types of prolapses that can occur.
1. Bladder Prolapse (aka – cystocele) is when the bladder moves from it’s normal position and presses against the wall of the vagina, forming a bulge.
2. Urethral Prolapse (aka – Urethrocele) The urethra is the tube that actually carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. When the muscles and tissues that surround it are not well supported id can curve and widen which is called a prolapse.
3. Uterine Prolapse – This can happen when a woman’s pelvic muscle and ligaments become weak, causing the uterus to drop from it’s normal position. This allows the neck of the uterus )cervix) to bulge down into the vagina.
4. Vaginal Vault Prolapse – This occurs usually following the surgical removal of the uterus, or hysterectomy.
5. Small Bowl Prolapse – (enterocele) this happens when the tissue and the muscles that hold the small bowel in place are stretched and weakened. This can cause the small bowel to move from it natural position and press against the wall of the vagina.
6. Rectum Prolapse – (rectocele) happens when the tissues and muscles that hold the end of the large intestine (rectum) in place are stretched or weakened. This can allow the rectum to move from its normal position and press against the wall of the vagina. Sometime the tissues that are separating are so weak that the rectum will bulge into the back wall of the vagina.
So now that we know what all this lingo is and what it all means, the next question to answer is What is the heck causes this?
The answer – well it is basically the same no matter where you look. It is most often linked to strain during childbirth. The muscles that hold your organs in places become weak during childbirth and can be stretched, if they don’t go back to the way they were, then they can’t support your pelvic organs, now can they.
This can also happen during a hysterectomy, removing the uterus can sometimes leave other organs with less support.
This can also happen or be made worse if you already have it by the following:
1. Very overweight – Don’t you always love how they try to always blame overweight people or people who smoke. I am not actually overweight but I just hate the way they stereotype people.
2. A long-lasting cough
3. Frequent constipation
4. Pelvic organ tumors
They say that older women are more likely to have pelvic organ prolapse and that it runs in families.
HMMMM – I am under 40, with no history of this in my family, guess there are exceptions to every rules. Let’s move on, shall we?
So how are we to know we have this problem or that there might even be a problem. Let’s look at some of the symptoms.
1. Feeling of pressure from pelvic organs pressing against the vaginal wall. This is the most common symptom.
2. Feeling very full in your lower belly.
3. Feeling as if something is falling our of your vagina.
4. Feeling a pull or stretch in your groin area or pain in your lower back.
5. Releasing urine without meaning to (incontinence), or needing to urinate a lot.
6. Having pain in your vagina during sex.
7. Having problems with your bowels, such as constipation.
Well ladies, it seems that these are also what we seem to be experiencing with the mesh inside of us as well. Gee, think about this, we had these problems, and we get the MESH to FIX these PROBLEMS and yet we still have these PROBLEMS due to the MESH…that really is all MESHED UP!