Prolapse is a word we have started to hear more and more in women’s health spaces.
Maybe you’ve heard of it, or someone you know has experienced it.
Where I was living on Vancouver Island in Canada, it was stated that a shocking 60% of all birthing women were diagnosed with prolapse.
Something is happening to the wombs of women, far many more now are experiencing this than the generations before us.
Prolapses are categorized in stages; let’s go over a uterine prolapse so you have an idea:
Stage 1 is when the uterus has moved into the upper half of the vaginal canal.
Stage 2 is when the uterus has dropped almost to the vaginal opening.
Stage 3 is when the uterus is protruding out of the vaginal canal.
Stage 4 is when the uterus sits completely outside of the vagina.
For any woman experiencing a stage 1 or 2 prolapse, working with a pelvic floor therapist or trainer can be incredibly helpful to rebuild the strength and integrity of the muscles and facial networks of the pelvis.
Unfortunately the statistics on these surgeries don’t prove to be a true solution, as many times the organs and tissues become prolapsed again, and can do quite a bit of damage to the surrounding areas in the process.
Not only are birthing women experiencing prolapse, but there has been a rise in numbers of women who haven’t yet given birth.
We are remembering that our pelvic health is a non-negotiable, and that with proper guidance and the right exercises, we can strengthen our wombs and set ourselves up for success for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
I was in so much pain for two months, all I could do was lay on the couch. I couldn’t lift my children, I couldn’t dance, I couldn’t drive for more than ten minutes without experiencing excruciating pain in my pelvis - even if I propped myself up on pillows. It was intense, and I didn’t know if I would ever be able to move my body in the same ways that I loved so much ever again.
I’m happy to share that my stage 3 prolapse now feels like a 1 again, and I can play hard with my kids, lift weights and do kettlebell swings. I can run and jump and enjoy this body I have been returning to, with more presence, more awareness and a deeper sense of listening. Sometimes the heavy feeling returns to remind me not to push myself too hard, and to be softer and more gentle with myself instead. But here I am - loving, healing, connecting with my womb. I now know her voice intimately, and I pray that women may know their wombs without ever having to hear them scream to get the intention they have always deserved.
It is important when beginning your journey of healing a prolapse to be compassionate, gentle and slow with yourself. You are learning to navigate life in a new way; some days there will be more heaviness and pain in the womb than others. Sometimes you can go weeks without feeling any symptoms and then a slip or a jump brings you back to square one. The key is to not force yourself through any kind of exercise that feels too intense for where your womb is at. Our wombs are wise, and it is only when we get quiet and connect inward that we can truly hear what they are saying.
Three of my favourite resources that have helped me on my own prolapse healing journey are:
Lauren Ohayon, Core + Pelvic Floor Fitness Trainer - she has a great program called Restore Your Core and an amazing pelvic floor/prolapse resource list in her bio on ig. Her website is https://laurenohayon.com/
Ania, Postpartum Trainer - she has tons of amazing workouts that are safe for women experiencing prolapse. Her website is http://mommyfitnyc.com and you can find her on Instagram here: @mommyfitnyc
Adelaide Meadow, Radical Pelvic Health Coach - she has incredible webinars that combine anatomy, physiology and healing movement. Her website is https://smallmagicbirth.com
Written by Autumn Rose