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Honoring Mothers: Injuries from pregnancy and childbirth can often be treated, but many women don't know - 05/07/19

This Sunday, we honor the mothers in our lives and communities. What we don’t talk about, though, are the injuries 1 in 3 women will face in her lifetime, often caused by pregnancy and childbirth. What if we not only talked about it, but shared with women the positive news that many of these injures are treatable!

Many of the injuries and ailments women face after childbirth are often dismissed as the “normal” result of pregnancy and giving birth. They may complain to friends or family, and they’re reassured that nothing can be done; women just “deal” with these injuries. But more often than not, they don’t tell anyone what they are experiencing. 

  • 1 in 3 women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime
  • More than 50 percent of women age 55 and older suffer one or more of the problems caused by pelvic floor disorders.

Incontinence and prolapse are medical issues that can be treated, and there is an entire (relatively new) medical specialty devoted to the care of women and their pelvic floor injuries.  Urogynecology became a medical specialty only a few years ago, but is finally addressing this need. 

Women of all ages, too embarrassed to talk about bladder or pelvic issues, are suffering in silence, not realizing that many conditions can be treated. They give up running; consign themselves to wearing only black workout pants; stop hiking; venture out away from home less.  If more women knew help was available, more women could get back to doing activities they love and leading the life they want. 

 

I’d love to connect you with a team of Urogynecologists at The Oregon Clinic, as well as several patients who have undergone treatment, to share their experiences with women across the region.