Five years ago during an annual exam by my gynecologist, my doctor told me I had vaginal prolapse and should go to the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital for a consultation. I wasn’t experiencing any symptoms and hoped that living a healthy life and exercising would control the situation. Three years ago, I started to experience some symptoms, but they weren’t bad, so I continued with positive thinking and a healthy lifestyle. I did not want to interrupt my workout routine with surgery. I work out six or seven days a week taking a weight-lifting class, doing Pilates and walking.
Does it feel like your bladder is running your life? Like you have to wear black pants when you exercise because they don’t show the urine leaking out? Like you’re constantly running to the bathroom, or you know where all the bathrooms are in the mall?
I meet women every day whose lives have been changed because of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. I hear stories about how these women have given up activities they love because of worries about urine leakage or discomfort from a vaginal bulge. Unfortunately many women don’t realize how common these problems are, so they are reluctant to talk about them.
Take back control of your bladder – here are 10 things that you should know:
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