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The Truth About Prolapse

July 12, 2023

I’m Tanya.
I’ve learned that a little bit of intentionality goes a long way in accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves. This blog is meant to equip you with just that - simple tips, tricks, advice, and encouragement that help you live an intentional life. 
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How many women ACTUALLY have prolapse? Could you have it and not know it?

I think it might surprise you that “most” postpartum women who have had at least a couple of babies probably have some degree of prolapse. Even if you’ve only had 1 baby and had a longer pushing phase, you probably have some prolapse.

This isn’t meant to scare you – it’s only meant to educate you b/c prolapse is common. You could very well have it and not know it b/c many women don’t have symptoms.

What are typical prolapse symptoms?

  • Vaginal heaviness or pressure – this typically worsens with prolonged standing, activity, or towards the end of the day.
  • Painful sex
  • Difficulties with peeing and pooping
  • Feeling like something’s coming out of the vagina
  • Low back pain

If you’ve noticed these symptoms or you’ve been told you have prolapse, I want you to know that surgery is most definitely NOT your only option. Surgery is always trauma to your body, and the need for a 2nd surgery 10 years down the road is high. Surgery should be a last-ditch option after ALL conservative measures have failed.

If you haven’t noticed symptoms, I STILL recommend strengthening your pelvic floor so that your prolapse doesn’t continue to worsen! Strengthening the pelvic floor gives more support to the entire pelvic bowl!

Want more help? Consider taking Pelvic Core, my 4-week online course. The entire course is designed to help you with your prolapse symptoms (along with incontinence, diastasis, core weakness, low back/pelvic pain, and urgency).

Were you aware prolapse was so common? Comment Y or N. I always hope to educate you, but not scare you! I myself have prolapse and have ZERO symptoms. My prolapse hasn’t worsened in the past 5 years and I hope I can avoid surgery for a lifetime!

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