Enterocele, Rectocele, or Both?

Little talked about, often overlooked; enterocele is like the distant cousin who is a bit misunderstood compared to common cystocele and rectocele. Articles about pelvic organ prolapse can bevague when it comes to enterocele; this POP is sometimes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed when other types of POP are recognized (that was my scenario; a large enterocele was discovered during surgery). Let’s shine a bit of light on the difference between rectocele, intussusception, rectal prolapse, and enterocele.

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms: Connecting the Dots

At times, we get so caught up in our day to day rituals that we miss signals our bodies send us. Sometimes those signals are related to basic bodily functions, such as the need to urinate, defecate, or pass gas. But other times, subtle signals may be indicative of significant health issues, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which is estimated to impact 50% of women.

We women tend to our professional and employment duties, our household chores, and the needs of our children or grandchildren. We tend to the stack of bills sitting on our desks.  We tend to our lawns and gardens. The one thing we typically don’t tend to is our health, or if we do, we push it to the bottom of our list.

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I need to remind myself daily about POP maintenance daily. As I brush my teeth, I remember halfway through to contract my PC. When I put my makeup on, a little voice nags at me to “pull it in, pull it up”. As I blow-dry my hair and analyze my form in the mirror (oh come on now, you know we all do it), I think to myself am I pulling in my abdominal muscles but forgetting to contract my pelvic floor? As a grassroots women’s pelvic floor health advocate, shouldn’t I be doing all the right pelvic floor self-help stuff all the time?

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Vaginal Tissue Regeneration (VTR) Therapy Part 3: The Next Frontier in Pelvic Organ Prolapse

The natural course of medical evolution is to research and experiment, adjust treatment techniques as need dictates, and shift health best practices forward. Hippocrates maintained that disease processes may have natural causes and put forth the Hippocratic Oath, First Do No Harm, to guide treatment practice. Somewhere between 129 - 216 AD, Galen established clinical medicine based on observation and experience, resulting in the integrated and comprehensive system that remains in practice to this day.

The path of women’s health is no different. Between 1800 - 1835 BC, the Kahun Papyrus established the practice of gynecology, and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) treatment was first documented. When a new treatment protocol shines a light, the voices of women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse clearly indicate they have renewed hope. The relatively recent development and exploration of radio-frequency and laser vaginal tissue restoration (VTR) therapy is generating buzz without a doubt.

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POP and the Flu: Are You Literally Coughing Your Guts Out?

It’s flu season, and often women with pelvic organ prolapse feel as though they are coughing their guts out.

 If you’re like me, the germ-phoebe aspect of your personality starts to ramp up around this time of year. We all start paying more attention to washing our hands, get nervous about grabbing the door at stores where we shop, walk the other way when we hear someone coughing. No one wants to get a cold or the flu. Yet despite the extra protective measures we take, we somehow manage to contract something. The majority of us are exposed to hundreds of virus infested surfaces every day; there’s just no way to get around it beyond wrapping ourselves in one of those protective plastic bubbles. Not a very user friendly way to avoid getting sick.

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