"What’s a Prolapse?”
When asked the same question, a group of moms in their 30's and 40's responded:
- It means a relapse of some sort
- It’s another word for inside out
- Isn’t it something to do with the bladder?
Ladies, you’re close but not quite.
Let’s clarify: A prolapse occurs when your bladder, rectum or uterus descends into your vaginal area. OK, so it definitely doesn’t sound fun, but don’t worry. Having a prolapse doesn’t necessarily have to interfere with your life. There are now more options for getting help.
And you’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health (U.S.), there are half a million surgical procedures for prolapse each year, and this number is growing. So, you’d be surprised how many moms out there are putting up with a prolapse – they just don’t want to talk about it.
“But, I thought this kind of thing only happened to old ladies!” Wrong. Young women can have a prolapse and they are more common than you’d think.
FACT: About 10% to 20% of women who have a vaginal delivery will be bothered by prolapse by the time they reach the age of 50.