POP! POP! POP!
OMG it feels like something is falling out … HELP!!!! What is POP? Answer is, Pelvic organ prolapse.
Pelvic floor muscles (PFM) are a trampoline-like set of muscles that sit at the base of the abdominal cavity, supporting the organs and structural tissues above them. Sooo ….that sounds like a lot of work….? Right!
Pelvic organ prolapse POP occurs when the PFM weakens and one or more organs shift out of their normal positions, pushing into the walls of the vaginal canal, and eventually bulge outside of the vagina. The worst case scenario is a woman's uterus can be completely outside of the body.
It can be caused by:
There are 5 types of POP. Organs that can prolapse with POP are the bladder (cystocele), rectum (rectocele), intestines (enterocele), uterus (uterine), and vagina (vaginal vault). There are 4 levels of severity; grade 1 is the mildest, grade 4 the most severe.
So ummm …. , please go get assessed by a Pelvic health physical therapist to learn and be provided individualized interventions to strengthen the PFM. Which may include :
breath work to normalize abdominal pressure,
pelvic floor and inner core strengthening exercises, and
hands-on work to help your body heal.