Pregnancy can change your body in more ways than you might expect.
28 February 2021| Last updated on 1 March 2021
Pregnancy and birth can be exceptional moments in women’s life.
It gives a sensation of joy and satisfaction that no other situation can. It starts from feeling the baby's movement in utero to the growth of the baby and then the delivery of the baby through the pelvis.
During labour, the body secrets an abundant amount of one of the most powerful endogenous pain killer and mood alleviator: endorphins.
However, the pelvic floor muscles will be stretched to their maximum and in some women, this leads to injury to the muscles and the ligaments.
Most women will have minor changes that will recover spontaneously. Others, this can lead to a relaxation of the pelvic floor. As a result, there will be a wide variety of symptoms:
- A sensation of heaviness in the vagina
- Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing
- Failing to reach the toilet in time
- Passing wind from either the anus or vagina when bending over or lifting
- Reduced sensation in the vagina
- A distinct bulge at the vaginal opening
- Tampons that dislodge or fall out
Your journey does not end by delivering your baby! You need to look after your pelvic floor muscle by visiting a specialised doctor.
Many affected women may feel shy to talk about these conditions and this will add to the stress of modern life resulting in many psychological problems.
The solution is not difficult but needs awareness and seeking the right treatment.
A specialised doctor in urogynecology will provide a comprehensive examination of the general health, offer special attention to the pelvis explaining the condition, then give you the options toward the best management plan. Investigations can be done according to the patient's complaint.
What types of pelvic treatments are available?
Management can include general advice, pelvic floor exercise, physiotherapy, medical treatment and different types of surgical management offered when needed.
Surgical correction is widely used to tightens the vagina plus or minus the use of local collagen fillers. G Spot enhancement is very effective in restoring lost sensations.
Laser therapy can be a safe less invasive and efficacious treatment for women with mild to moderated symptoms provided in the outpatient (clinic) setting.
"My advice as a specialised consultant in this field is to ask for medical help," said Dr. Iman Al Omari, Urogynecology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant at Mediclinic Parkview Hospital.