More and more women are speaking up about their experiences after childbirth. Until recently, few people were talking about bladder prolapse and about the medical conditions women can develop after labor. There are many complications associated with childbirth, from vaginal tears to bladder prolapse. While some of these conditions often heal on their own, there are cases where women may need surgery or extensive follow-up care after childbirth. Unfortunately, women may be undertreated for certain conditions following childbirth.
Bladder prolapse is a condition in which the pelvic muscles become weakened. According to the Foundation of the American Urological Association, the bladder is normally supported by the pelvic floor muscles. However, when these muscles are weakened, the bladder can drop down into the vagina. In the most serious cases, the bladder may even drop through the vagina, appearing at the opening. Bladder prolapse is actually quite common and it often affects women after childbirth when the pelvic muscles may be weakened. During the birthing process, the pelvic muscles can become stretched, which can lead to less support of the pelvic organs following childbirth.
According to U.S. News & World Report, some cases of bladder prolapse can resolve on their own. In other instances, women can strengthen the muscles and resolve the condition without the need for surgery. However, there are certain instances where the condition can worsen without treatment, and even affect other surrounding organs. Women who have recently given birth should see their urogynecologist if they are experiencing discomfort.
Symptoms of bladder prolapse include difficulty urinating or pain urinating. If you experience frequent urinary tract infections, you may also be suffering from bladder prolapse. Bladder prolapse can make it difficult to empty the bladder completely. Urine that remains in the bladder can breed bacteria and lead to infections. Urinary tract infections can become serious medical conditions if they are left untreated. If a UTI isn’t treated properly, it can become a kidney infection. Women may experience feelings of heaviness or pressure in the pelvic region. Bladder prolapse can also lead to lower back pain, as well.
While patients can perform Kegel exercises to make the pelvic muscles stronger, some cases are quite severe and may require surgery. If you are suffering from bladder prolapse symptoms, it is important to speak to your urogynecologist as soon as possible to receive treatment and relief. Dr. Shakiba at Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey, L.L.C. offers women compassionate care. Dr. Shakiba performs minimally-invasive procedures, allowing women to enjoy a faster recovery. Using the da Vinci Surgical System, Dr. Shakiba can perform gynecological procedures with greater precision, more control, and less bleeding, allowing women to recover faster and experience fewer complications. If you are suffering after childbirth, there may be options available to you to alleviate your pain. Visit us at Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey, L.L.C. in Hackensack, New Jersey today to learn more about how Dr. Shakiba, a qualified urogynecologist, can help you.