Childbirth can sometimes trigger a prolapse. In fact, it is the most common cause of prolapse by a significant margin. If you are pregnant, you may therefore want to find out if you’re at significant risk of suffering from a prolapse. There are several things you can do to assess your level of risk. Assessing your level of risk can help you decide if you need to take steps to protect yourself from this unfortunate medical phenomenon.
1. Talk to your GP
Certain pre-existing genetic conditions can increase your risk of prolapse. It’s therefore a good idea to talk to your GP and find out if there is anything in your medical history that would increase your level of risk. Your GP can also give you general advice about how at-risk you are based on other, more general factors. If you want a second opinion after you’ve spoken to your GP, you could always get in touch with Mr Jonathan Broome here at The Pelvic Clinic, who can give you advice based on the information you give him.
2. Weigh yourself
BMI can have an effect on the likelihood of prolapse. As a general rule, the heavier you are, the more you are at risk. Don’t worry: this blog isn’t going to nag you about losing weight. However, it is important to understand that if you are a bit on the heavy side, you are more likely to suffer a prolapse. Losing weight might therefore help set your mind at rest, especially if you are at risk of prolapse due to other factors.
3. Consider your age
Sadly, age affects us all. If you’re middle-aged or older, you are likely to have a higher risk of prolapse. Of course, if you’re not at risk from other factors and you’re very physically fit, your age may have less of an impact: it’s therefore important to consider it alongside your health and your other risk factors.
If you are at high risk of prolapse from childbirth, there are many courses of action you can take. For example, you may choose to lose weight or increase your physical fitness to reduce the risk of prolapse or you may choose to avoid the risks associated with childbirth by having a caesarean section. If, however, you do ultimately suffer from a prolapse, there’s no need to panic: we at The Pelvic Clinic are ready to help you with a simple, highly-successful prolapse repair operation.