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Prolapse and emotional angst

When a prolapse is suspected or has been diagnosed, understandably, any focus will be directed toward treatment of the physical issues rather than emotional concerns. However, any woman who is suffering from a prolapse is likely to feel emotional, vulnerable, and very anxious. Prolapse affects the area of the body that is intimate. In addition, these areas are associated with sexuality and femininity, and because of this, emotions will understandably be heightened at the prospect that something is going wrong in this area. In fact, many women struggle to even talk about it, which often leads to ignoring symptoms.

Even with medical help and a diagnosis, emotional angst will still be present. There will be concerns about surgery, and the whole process may seem out of the woman’s control, so emotional volatility is likely to build even after diagnosis and more so if surgery is indicated. These are all normal feelings associated with this type of condition but no doubt, many women will feel vulnerable and less feminine, at least until treatment has been given.

There is much that can be done to help any woman suffering with a prolapse. Firstly, they need to be reassured that they have the support of family members and close friends. This eradicates any intense fears and isolation that goes hand in hand with a secret health issue. Knowledge replaces fear. The more the woman can learn about prolapse, the better. Talking to The Pelvic Clinic, who are specialists in this area, and Mr. Jonathan Broome, an experienced consultant gynaecologist, can also make a big difference to the woman’s outlook.

If a woman is very emotionally troubled, it is possible to seek additional professional counselling. When pain in this area persists before treatment, it is easy to experience symptoms of depression. Talking to other women who have had a prolapse, and who have recovered after treatment, can be really useful too. Although many women try to hide a prolapse from the world, opening up and talking about it can be therapeutic, and it can help other women to come forward to receive treatment and help, too.

 

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