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Improving the psychological wellbeing of prolapse sufferers

Dealing with the symptoms of a prolapse, particularly incontinence, frequently results in a range of mental health problems as well as physical issues. Incontinence sufferers often feel acutely embarrassed and ashamed of their condition, particularly if they’ve had the misfortune to suffer “an accident” in public or at an inconvenient time. Anxiety levels can rise and women may start to avoid social situations, exercise or other occasions where they may get “caught out”. If you or a relative are suffering due to a prolapse, read on to find out how to access suitable support.

Treatment is available

It’s a myth that incontinence is “just one of those things” or “part of the ageing process”. Your medical practitioner can advise on a number of different treatment options, including surgical procedures such as a sacrohysteropexy and conservative choices such as Kegal exercises and weight loss. Incontinence symptoms can be reduced or even eliminated with the right treatment, so don’t continue to suffer in silence.

Talk to someone

A quick online search will bring up a number of different help lines, support groups and online forums where you’ll quickly find you’re not suffering alone. Not only do such resources offer practical assistance in dealing with prolapse symptoms whilst you’re waiting for appropriate treatment, they can also be enormously empowering to women who have previously been too ashamed to admit they had a problem. Usually these support sources can be accessed anonymously.

Get mental health treatment if needed

The most successful candidates for prolapse surgery and other treatment are frequently those who have a positive mindset and a commitment to making the lifestyle changes necessary to maximise the chances of long term incontinence management. If you feel you’re not in the right frame of mind to achieve this outlook, your GP can probably recommend appropriate options to help.

Don’t let the symptoms of a prolapse hold you back! Expert help is available for treating the condition and its psychological effects, so start finding out more about your options in order to maximise the chances of enjoying improved health and well being in the future.

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