I am not afraid to tell my daughters that they should prioritize their own health. Physical exercise helps you to be strong and vital. I will tell my daughters that their bodies are a gift…the house that they will live in for their entire life. I will tell them that their pelvic floor can be cared for by the way they do their exercises. I know now hat there are special exercises that keep the pelvic floor strong.
I am not afraid to tell my daughters that they should listen to their bodies. I will tell them that they have an amazing intuitive understanding of their own bodies and that they know their bodies best. I know now that if something doesn’t feel right a woman should be empowered to find out why and get answers.
I am not afraid to tell my daughters that they themselves should be their biggest priority. I will tell my daughters that they must care for their physical and emotional wellbeing. I know now that life can get busy and priorities can be misconstrued. I know now that it is not selfish for a woman to prioritize her own physical and emotional wellbeing. The wellbeing of a woman’s future family ultimately depends on her commitment to self-care!
But I am afraid to tell my daughters that I have pelvic organ prolapse because POP still needs a lot of research. There is a genetic component that is not yet understood. Once a woman is diagnosed with POP she may feel isolated and may be unaware of the different ways to begin self-care such as pelvic floor physiotherapy. While many women have benefitted from successful surgical repair of their POP the surgery is not always recommended for every woman and it has not been perfected yet.
Here’s the good news! Gains have been made and women are speaking out about POP. Through advocacy and research we will increase our understanding, awareness and find solutions. I believe this for your daughters and mine!