Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mothers to be!
Becoming a mother is one of the greatest gifts in a woman’s life. Before becoming pregnant, everyone will tell you of the joys and wonders of motherhood. What no one tells you – no one – not your mother, sister, best friend or gynecologist – is all of the things that happen to your body during pregnancy and childbirth and how thing change…down there. Forever.
The pressure of the baby on the perineum, the pelvic floor, the bladder, the uterus, the rectum, the force of vaginal delivery, the result of tears during labor, episiotomies – all of these things can change a woman’s anatomy, her urination, her bowel movements, sexual pleasure, orgasm, intercourse and arousal.
One of the most common complaints of a woman who has had children is stress urinary incontinence, or the leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, or getting up too quickly from a seated position. Sometimes she will also complain of difficulty passing her bowel movements and constipation.
Cystocele, or a fallen bladder is common after having children, as is rectocele. These things happen because problems with the support structures that keep these organs – the bladder and rectum in place. Often physical therapy, working with a gastrointestinal specialist, pelvic floor rehabilitation, wearing a tampon while running, can help with these symptoms. When problems persist, surgery can be helpful to improve the support of these structures.
Along with stress urinary incontinence, it is common for women to feel that the tightness of their vagina has changed, and that pleasure during intercourse isn’t the same. It may be more difficulty to feel the same amount of contact and pleasure with penetrative intercourse since the vagina and the opening of the vagina have become stretched out. The perineum, or the space between the vagina and rectum can become shortened, and this muscle, the perineal muscle often has torn. No amount of kegel exercises will help with these problems, but there are solutions to tighten and repair the vagina with vaginal rejuvenation.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a term given to the surgeries performed to improve the tightness of the vagina and surrounding structures. The surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes 2 hours to perform, and the goal is to tighten both the inside and outside of the vagina, and build up and repair the perineum and the perineal muscle. Following vaginal rejuvenation, women report feeling like they did prior to having their children, and an improved sense of pleasure with penetrative intercourse. Vaginal rejuvenation is often combined with other surgeries like mid-urethral sling for incontinence, and often includes repair of cystocele and rectocele. Vaginal rejuvenation can also be combined with other surgeries to improve one’s appearance after having babies such as breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction.
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