Monday, September 29, 2008

Sarah Palin is a ripe candidate....

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Sarah Palin is a ripe candidate for uterine prolapse, that is.

I know, this seem like a hit below the belt. Way below the belt, especially if she wears mom jeans.

But now that Sarah Palin has a very pubic public platform to discuss special needs children and teen pregnancy, maybe her time in the spotlight can also be used to highlight something that affects about half of all women- urinary incontinence.

I don't want to focus on her specific ladyparts, but my gosh, she's given birth to four or five children, and there's no denying that those very natural processes mess with those delicate parts. Seriously, you can't fit something the size a watermelon inside your body even once for a just a few months without things rearranging your internal geography.

I heard two Urogynecologists speak on uterine prolapse last spring at Camp Baby. These are not women from, say, France, but rather the female equivalent of proctologists. Yeah, I know, who even new this type of specialty even existed?

And that's why they gave us The Talk at Camp Baby. Well, that and the fact that Johnson and Johnson's medical division makes internal gadgets like bladder slings (again, who knew?)

So here are a few facts from Camp Kegel, according to my notes from a talk by Dr. Christine LaSala and Dr. Radhika Ailawadi.

Obesity and smoking are two prime factors that contribute to urinary incontinence. Despite common misconception, pregnancy isn't a big factor, unless the pregnancy takes place in a woman's 40s.
According to my notes, which I can only hope are wrong because I was desperately kegeling throughout the workshop, so maybe I got confused, 1 in 4 pre-menopausal women has a clinically significant leakage problem and (yikes!) 1 in 2 women over the age of 60 does as well. The scary fact is that you can kegel all you want, but if you've over 60, there's a good chance you've going to pee in your pants.

I'm not sure who studied this or how, but they good doctors also told us that 1 out of 3 women do their kegels incorrectly.

The good news amongst all these eye-opening facts is that these problems can be fixed. Many women live with unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms for years, because they are not aware that treatments ARE available. If incontinence is affecting you, or like one horror story we heard at Camp Baby, you're showering one day and realize your UTERUS IS FALLING OUT, remember you are not alone and help is available.

Full disclosure, it's quite possible that Palin has a uterus made of steel- and superwoman she is, is not affected like most of us. I mean, if I was back at work three days after giving birth I would have need to hit the bathroom about every fifteen minutes to change my pad. But if she and what's his name win the election and you Don't see her jumping up and down, think back to this post.

And in the name of equal time, I suspect that two of the three men in the presidential election spotlight right now on a Viagra or a similar ED drug. But that's out of my realm of experience.

Adapted from an original post to Chicago Moms Blog.


kristina said...

OMG, Kim, you are hilarious. The way your mind thinks is enviable. I would have never thought to make the prolapse and Palin connection. So smart. Now, that's all I'll be thinking about.

But you're right, if I went back to work 3 days after giving birth (well I couldn't have because I had a C section and was still in the hopsital) I'd be ducking out to change my pads too.


CanCan said...

Whoa whoa...this is totally new information that makes me feel all sweaty and nervous.

Boy am I glad I don't smoke.

I have heard some strange home remedies related to that tricky uterus falling out. Personally if that happened to me, "home remedy" would not be my first reaction.

9ndhouse- Katie S. said...

Thanks Kim!, now I'm afraid to take a shower!!:-) 9ndhouse/Mother of 7

Kim Moldofsky said...

Kristina- you are too kind!

CanCan-can I tell everyone you sent me the story of a woman who supposedly stuck a potato in her uterus to help it keep shaape and keep it from falling out...and the thing sprouted!? WTF? At any rate, so glad we connected on Twitter.

Seriously, as Kristina can attest, it was a s-c-a-r-y little talk. Maybe I should have saved this post for Halloween.

Carrie said...

I had perineal lacerations with both my births. Guess I'm just a delicate flower. A couple years after the first, my new midwife asked me, "Any fecal incontenance due to that 4th degree tear?"

Yipes! I didn't know that was an option! Wish I had never known!

Rachel said...

This made me laugh so hard I know.