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Let’s talk about POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse)

Are you experiencing muscle cramps in your intimate areas? Do you feel like something is bulging from the inside into your vagina? If you do, then this blog is packed full of info that might be just what you’re looking for! At New U, we don’t shy away from the ‘taboo’ topics. It’s important to us to open up the debate and encourage sharing info, spreading the message of positivity that conditions like these are not something that you should be embarrassed about. This is not something that you need to worry about – it’s a common problem, and one that can be solved. So let’s face this together, and positively look at how we can improve the situation for ladies with POPs (Pelvic Organ Prolapses).
So. Where to start, ladies? It is important that we understand first what we are referring to when we experience this kind of pain or discomfort. Being aware of our condition is essential so that, in the first place, we know what to address and how to address it. In medical terms, what we are talking about here is called a Pelvic Organ Prolapse or POP. This occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened and the pelvic organs prolapse or bulge from their natural position into the vagina. I can understand how scary this might sound, but this is absolutely not something to panic about, and the majority of women experiences only a partial bulging or prolapse which can be easily treated.
There are other conditions that are associated when you develop pelvic floor disorder. These include urinary incontinence and anal incontinence. Remember that when you experience a pelvic organ prolapse, there is likely to be drooping of any of your pelvic floor organs, such as the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and rectum. So, being aware that prolapse has many faces and phases, and in this article, we’ll do our best to give as much up to date info on how best to treat it.
In the United Kingdom, 8.4% of women reported that they are suffering from a vaginal lump or bulge, and on examination, 50% of these women were seen to have prolapse. Studies further revealed that one 1 of 10 women are said to need at least one surgical procedure and the chances of undergoing re-operation is as high as 19%. Certainly, these numbers will keep on booming if we simply ignore the topic and don’t get help just because it might seem embarrassing, and it’s easy to see how, without the right support and treatment, this common condition can consume us physically, emotionally, and mentally.
So let’s get into it! How do you know if you have a pelvic organ prolapse? There are a number of symptoms to look out for that indicate that you might be positive of POP. Primarily, this includes a feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area. Other symptoms also include a backache in your lower back, painful intercourse, an intense urge to urinate, constipation, bleeding or spotting from the vagina, and urinary problems. These symptoms vary depending on the organ that is drooping. If the rectum is the one drooping, you are likely to be either constipated or feeling uncomfortable when having intercourse. On the other hand, urine leakage occurs when the prolapse is in the bladder. If it is in the small intestine or uterine, backache and painful intercourse are often experienced.
There are likewise factors that can contribute to the onset of a pelvic organ prolapse. One of the big ones is pregnancy or childbirth. This is especially true specially when the baby is large, or your labour has taken longer than the normal childbirth. This often results in an increased risk of developing a prolapse. Another factor that can cause prolapse is straining on the toilet which causes weakness and overstretching.
Having a hysterectomy can trigger your body to develop a prolapse as well, as the top of the vagina is supported by ligaments and muscles and the surgery affects this. Once this support system weakens, a prolapse is more likely to occur. So, if there is pressure in any part of your body, particularly those that are connected to your pelvic floor muscles, you may want to speak to your doctor sooner rather than later. For instance, even chronic coughing and heavy lifting can increase pressure and result in prolapse. In addition to this, other factors that increase the risk of POP are age, being in the post-menopausal stage of life, obesity, and in some cases family history.
This might all sound like doom and gloom, but none of these things should not cause you to panic. Ultimately, the reason why we are sharing this with you is so that we all become gradually educated about this condition, normalise talking about it, and can consequently understand the solutions that are out there, so that if this happens to you, you know what your options are and can make an informed decision about how to successfully treat it. Medically speaking, the POP can be diagnosed by your doctor during a routine pelvic exam, like the one you experience when you do the Pap Smear. Other tests that may be requested by your doctor are a CT scan, ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imagery of the pelvis, or a urinary tract x-ray or intravenous pyelography.
Once you are able to confirm that the symptoms and the test results you have received indicate a POP, the next step is to consider the best options available to treat your condition. This is where New U comes into play. Our team is committed to delivering 100% reliable treatments that have had excellent results in treating this condition.
But first – we want to address an issue that has been stopping ladies getting treatment for generations, and that’s the perceived (and false!) shame and embarrassment associated with admitting, and treating the problem. While this is understandable, when a person is fully aware of their medical condition, they should never be ashamed to share it with others, since it is only by talking about these issues that we can ensure we get the right information and treatment, and more than that, that others feel empowered to seek help too!
At New U, we aim to eliminate this taboo and allow people to open up about it. With some reliable treatment options now accessible, it is no longer something that people must simply accept. For patients suffering with incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, we offer interventions and treatments that have been shown to be highly effective and beneficial, and are completely non-invasive.
The long and short of it is that our treatment largely entails the restoration and reconditioning of the pelvic floor muscles, which support our internal organs, and are critical for avoiding urine incontinence and POP. The innovative Emsella chair, created by award-winning medical technology company BTL, employs electromagnetic energy to painlessly stimulate deep pelvic floor muscle contractions, retraining deconditioned muscles to better support the pelvic organs and regaining bladder control. It makes use of HIFEM (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Technology) to stimulate the deep pelvic floor muscles and restore neuromuscular function. This has been proven the world over to have incredible results both for POP and urinary incontinence, and even muscular lower back pain.
The course of treatment you will receive with the BTL Emsella Chair is simple, quick, and painless. A typical course of treatment is to have 6 28-minutes sessions, in which 11,000 supramaximal Kegels are produced, rapidly and reliably restoring bladder control. These supramaximal kegel-like contractions retraining your muscles without you having to exert any effort.
While we would always recommend pelvic floor exercises, for many, they are simply not enough, and many also find them uncomfortable and time-consuming. When you undergo BTL Emsella treatment instead, all you need to do is to sit back, fully-clothed, and grab a book or magazine while the ‘happy chair’ (as it’s become known) works its magic! Treating incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse has never been easier, so if you’re experiencing these problems yourself, please get in contact – we can help.
The results and reviews we’ve had for this treatment speak for themselves, and while it’s always good to weigh up all the options and speak to your doctor if you’re unsure what’s right for you, there are so many advantages to opting for Emsella treatment above the other alternatives available. This method is so simple, as well as being non-invasive, painless, and highly successful, making what you might expect to be unpleasant to actually be a pleasurable and rewarding experience! It’s also worth noting that it’s great for vaginal rejuvination, and can work wonders for your sex life – what’s not to love?
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to get your pelvic floor muscles fighting fit, improve your bladder control and sex life, and regain your confidence.

Hannah Fleming-Hill
New U, Nottingham

Welcome to our very first Women’s Health Blog article!

Hello all, and welcome to my very first blog post! My name is Hannah, and I am a specialist in intimate health. I also run the New U Clinic in Nottingham, where we are proud to offer revolutionary non-invasive treatment for incontinence and sexual rejuvenation using the amazing new BTL Emsella chair.

This blog article is the first of a series I have decided to write on the important issues surrounding women’s health that just don’t get talked about enough. Ultimately, the blog is aimed at sharing information, encouraging discussion, and breaking down the taboos surrounding intimate health for us ladies!

It isn’t intended to be just about me and what we do at New U though – as much as I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to talk about such important issues, what we do, and why I feel so passionately about my work, I also want to hear from you! Please feel free to respond at any time with any questions, share your own experiences, and email me on hannah@newu.uk.com if there are any topics that you would like to see discussed. We also have some fantastic guest blogs in the pipeline from experts on menopause, pelvic health, and intimate wellness, which I can’t wait to share with you all!

So now that you all know what myself and the other ladies who will be writing in this blog are hoping to achieve in it, I’d like to add one important thing: to all of you wonderful people out there affected by those little leaks, accidents, or embarrassing oops! moments, I’d just like to say: don’t give up hope! It’s absolutely not just something you just have to put up with. There are some amazing treatments available to rebuild our pelvic floor muscles and improve continence, and the results are fantastic – I see them every day, and it’s an absolute joy to see the changes it makes to women’s lives.

As I’m sure you know, this is no small issue; incontinence is a life changing problem for over 200 million people worldwide, and sadly one that is rarely talked about. Too embarrassed to speak to doctors or even friends about the problem, most women affected by urinary incontinence simply suffer in silence, with only half of them ever seeking help.

When our pelvic floor muscles aren’t strong enough to sufficiently support the pelvic organs, we are no longer able to control the bladder, and the involuntary loss of urine inevitably follows. The deconditioning of these muscles can be for a number of reasons, from the natural ageing process, to the stress put on the body by childbirth. Consequently, millions of women, of all ages and apparent fitness, are affected and have to live with incontinence.

There are three main types of incontinence; firstly, urge incontinence, which has sufferers relentlessly checking (and running!) for the nearest loo, and living with being exhausted from constantly getting up throughout the night. Secondly, stress incontinence, which is characterised by involuntary leaks occurring as a result of everything from coughing, sneezing, lifting, exercising, and laughing, and finally, mixed, which results in a combination of the two. Whichever form you experience though, the effects on the lives of the women affected by incontinence is no laughing matter.

Whilst there has been a great deal of research on the area, until recently, the help that doctors have been able to offer has been somewhat limited. I’m sure we’ve all heard about kegel exercises, and how they can help build the strength of our pelvic floor – I even heard Lorraine Kelly discussing the ’Pelvic Floor Challenge’ on Women’s Hour not so long ago! But while it is fantastic to hear more people discussing the subject these days, and beginning to break down the stigma attached to the subject, for many women, all the kegels in the world aren’t going to be enough to put an end to the leaks and loss of bladder control they experience each and every day.

Jen in our BTL Emsella chair
Our lovely client Jen having BTL Emsella treatment at New U, Nottingham

So – a bit about what we do at our clinic to help get those pelvic floor muscles fighting fit again! When I heard about the amazing new Emsella chair, developed by medical technology group BTL, achieving an impressive rate of 95% of treated patients reporting significant improvement in their quality of life, I had to find out more.

The chair uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation, rebuilding the deconditioned muscles to support your pelvic organs, and ultimately restoring control of the bladder. In one 28-minute session, the BTL Emsella chair stimulates the equivalent to 11,000 supramaximal kegels. This is far past the level any person would be able to achieve without the chair, however determined they might be with their exercise regime!

The results have been astounding, with the newly reconditioned muscles giving a significant and lasting restoration of bladder control, to help significantly reduce and even stop urinary incontinence. Many patients report a noticeable positive effect on their bladder control even after just the first session. What’s more, is that these results are consistently achieved day in, day out, for women of all ages, and with all of the common causes for their incontinence.

Another mayor advantage of treatment for incontinence using the Emsella chair, is that is it quite so easy. Whilst many are put off seeking help by the idea of embarrassing and painful procedures, this treatment is completely non-invasive, and is quick, painless, and highly effective. You remain fully clothed, and simply sit on the Emsella chair and read a magazine, whilst the chair does all the work for you!

Needless to say, before long, plans were in action to bring this treatment to my hometown of Nottingham. I opened the New U Clinic only last year, where I offer this treatment, and already amount of people whose lives have been changed for the better has been incredible. Every day I hear another heart-breaking story of how a wonderful strong woman has been held back, embarrassed, and had her self-confidence, physical health, social, or intimate life destroyed by incontinence. And every day, I’m able to help another lady take back control, get her life back
on track, and face a brighter future without the worries of incontinence!

Thanks again to all of you for taking the time to read the first in this series of women’s health blogs. Though this one serves mainly as an introduction to what I’m hoping to achieve, why it’s so important to me to promote discussion around these areas, and what I do at New U, future posts will be covering all sorts of areas surrounding intimate health. I look forward to sharing a fantastic guest blog with you shortly for our second article!

I hope you find this blog to be interesting and informative, and that hearing about the options available out there might give some of our readers the confidence to reach out for help if they need it. As we all share our experiences and talk to our nearest and dearest about these issues without embarrassment, the more the power of the stigma is removed, and the more people will find their ways towards effective treatment. And if you, or anyone you know is affected by incontinence, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch on the email below for a free confidential consultation or just to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, or to find out more, see www.stopincontinence.co.uk.

Hannah Fleming-Hill
New U Clinic, Nottingham



Tel: 01773 764289
Mobile: 07974 206828
Email: hannah@newu.uk.com
Address: New U Clinic,
2 Church Lane,
NG16 5AB

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