Med Watch Today: Pelvic Organ Prolapse, how many women suffer, and how it’s resolved

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More than half of all women suffer from something called Pelvic Organ Prolapse, and it’s common for many women to suffer in silence.

But, for one woman, speaking up changed her quality of life for the better.

Sue Ruiz describes it, as a bulge that affected sitting, standing and living for 30years.

“It’s never comfortable when you think something is going to fall out of your body that shouldn’t,” Ruiz says.

She is among the more than 50 percent of women living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

“It’s when the vaginal support structure starts to fail, and the pelvic workings start to drop and herniate out of the vagina, causing a vaginal bulge or protrusion out of the vaginal walls,” explains Dr. Benjamin Steinburg, urogynocologist.

He says it’s not necessarily dangerous, but it does impact quality of life.

“Starting the conversation is the hardest part. It’s a very sensitive topic. Many women aren’t comfortable talking about this problem, and many physicians don’t ask,” Steinburg says.

It can affect anyone, ages from 20s to 90s, and previous childbirth, age, and prior hysterectomy can put you at risk.

Ruiz says it started for her after kids.

“I had four live births, and I think it was the 9.5 pound baby that took care of my situation,” Ruiz says.

There are several options to help, some non-surgical. However, after meeting with Steinberg, Rui decided surgery was her best option.

“It was successful, I haven’t had any issues since. The recovery was good,” Ruiz explains.

She says the hardest part was knowing she waited too long to start asking questions.

“We come from a generation where our moms didn’t talk about anything. We are passed that, go ask questions. Talk to your female friends, ask them what they experienced. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Then come talk to the professionals,” Ruiz advises.

Steinberg echoes Ruiz, saying, “These are not easy topics to talk about but the key is getting the conversation started, improve awareness. Start the conversation with whatever doctor you feel comfortable talking to.”

Now, Ruiz says life is good and she encourages anyone, with any discomfort to know it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Just that freedom, peace of mind. It’s done. It’s taken care of. i have no residual issues. it was good, it was great, it was wonderful,” Ruiz says.

MedWatch is in partnership with Community Medical Centers.

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