This is a guest post from drugwatch.com. It has some important information you may want to know about if you suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. If you suffer from this and are trying to get pregnant naturally, you may find this very informative!
Pelvic organ prolapse is a pelvic floor disorder that is extremely common in women, affecting half of those who have given birth to at least one child. While this condition most often appears in women 50 years of age or older, it can happen to some women well before that age, and in rare cases, POP occurs in young women who have no children.
Many younger women for whom POP has become a problem might have plans to start a family or add to one. For these women, the question that might be foremost in their minds upon receiving their diagnosis is whether pregnancy is possible after POP. The answer to that question depends largely upon the individual circumstances of each woman, but the fact is that many POP sufferers have gone on to have successful pregnancies, sometimes several of them.
If you have been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, whether pregnancy is a good idea for you depends on your individual circumstances, such as your overall heath and the type and degree of prolapse you have, among other factors. This is a determination that can only be made through discussion with your health care professional. However, if you do decide to go forward, there are two basic ways that women and their doctors approach the issue. Some will delay aggressive treatment of POP until after they have finished having children, while others will have corrective surgery first, planning pregnancy after a two- to three-year healing period.
Whichever approach you use, it is important that you know that pregnancy may be quite hard on your body, and you are likely to have more discomfort during those nine months than the average mother-to-be. In some women, POP may progress to a more serious degree due to pregnancy, so women who begin a pregnancy with mild or moderate prolapse could emerge from the experience with more serious issues that require corrective surgery. Women who have already had corrective surgery may see a recurrence of prolapse after pregnancy, making another POP repair procedure necessary.
In some cases, women will be placed on bed rest through a portion of the pregnancy, and depending upon the type and degree of prolapse, there may be an elevated risk for preterm labor. While some women with pelvic organ prolapse are able to deliver vaginally, your doctor may recommend a Cesarean section. Of course, this list is just of potential complications; they do not happen to every woman, and many have smooth, relatively uncomplicated pregnancies.
Last but not least is the issue of POP surgery. If you will have it, either before pregnancy or after, take your time and discuss all options with your doctor, especially procedures that do not use transvaginal mesh implants for POP repair.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those implants have been associated with serious complications in thousands of women, such as mesh erosion, protrusion through vaginal walls, organ perforation and infection. Hundreds of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed by Women harmed by the surgical mesh. The FDA states that most cases of POP can be resolved without mesh, and that transvaginal mesh procedures have not been shown to have better results than traditional POP repair. Given the high risk of serious complications, avoiding them in favor of safer POP repair options is wise.
Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.