Keywords: Postpartum, Pelvic Bulge, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Bulging, Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis, Dyspareunia (painful intercourse), Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Scrotal Pain, Pain with Ejaculation, Coccyx/tailbone Pain, SI jt pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Hip Pain, Endometriosis
Has this ever happened to you?
You’ve been up on your feet for a couple hours, chasing your kids, shopping, cooking, cleaning, just doing the normal, everyday tasks needed to keep life moving. Then, you feel it, heaviness “down there”.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), often felt as a bulging or heaviness in your pelvic floor, is common after delivery (postpartum). This is when one or more of your pelvic organs descends, or drops, from their normal position. POP is graded by different stages of organ decent, however we also factor in the symptoms a woman experiences. Some women with POP never experience any symptoms and may not know they have it! Others may have a mild grade of POP and can have symptoms that limit their daily life.
Tip: If you’re feeling pelvic heaviness, give yourself some time to rest and reset. Lie down with your hips elevated up on pillows, so your pelvis is elevated. Take some deep breaths and see if that helps take some pressure off your pelvic floor!
I recently had a patient with POP tell me she limited lifting, running, jumping, etc. because she was afraid to make it worse. Thankfully, after coming to see me for physical therapy, she was able to return to her high-level exercise classes symptom free, something she only dreamed of being able to do. Her story is why I love doing what I do, helping women live the life they want, without worrying about their pelvic floor!
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About the Author
Hi! I’m Michelle Webb, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy.
Since graduating from PT school in 2011, I have worked in many different areas of physical therapy, but it wasn’t until I started working with pelvic health that I found my true passion. I believe that each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing. Every person is unique, and I love helping my patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals. Too often, people are told that the pelvic health issues they are feeling (leaking urine/feces, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse/tampon use/speculums, pelvic heaviness, the list goes on and on) are normal, and something they have to deal with. While those issues may be common, I want to help everyone realize there is life outside of their symptoms! I truly feel joy when I can help someone improve their quality of life and return to the activities they love, without difficulty.