How to Support Your Spouse who has Uterine Prolapse
By Kristi Patrice Carter
Uterine Prolapse is a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles are weakened and aren't able to support the uterus the way they should. This can cause the uterus to dip down and rest on the bladder, rectum, or to drop into the vaginal opening. This can be a very painful and embarrassing thing, and if you're spouse has uterine prolapse, you want to be as supportive as possible. That's what your spouse needs the most - your support. Here are a few suggestions and pointers that will help you be supportive, and show your spouse that you are there for her.
Go with her to the doctor.
Discussing this issue can be embarrassing, even if it's with a doctor who has seen it many times. Chances are, your spouse is dreading her appointment, even though she really wants and needs help with this condition. Go with her. Your support will mean a great deal. It will show her that you're in this thing with her, and you will stand by her no matter what. This can be just what she needs to help get her through this embarrassing ordeal. You also may be able to understand things that the doctor is saying better, especially if she's emotionally upset or nervous.
Help her research this condition.
Women who have this condition want to know as much about it as they can. Especially if their research might lead them to some type of treatment that they would feel more comfortable with. Help her research it. Taking an active role in helping your spouse find information and look for a treatment is great support. She will know that you are concerned about her health and well being, and that you are interested in what she does to treat her condition.
Talk with her when she needs an ear.
This condition is sometimes painful, scary, and embarrassing. Sometimes all your spouse may need is a listener. Listen to her fears, pains, angers, or whatever she needs to get off her chest. She knows you can't fix it, she just wants to talk about it so that she will feel better. She may just need to blow off some steam. Be there for her. Reassure her that you love her, and will stand by her.
Sex is painful.
Be understanding if your spouse isn't able to get as close to you as she wants. Sex with uterine prolapse can be extremely painful. Some women can have sex just fine with this condition, but some women experience severe pain and irritation. You don't want her to feel as though she has to go through this pain to please you. Let her know you understand, and that sex isn't as important as her well being. Promise to still be there once she's better!!!
Support her every way you can. After all, you want to get your point across that you love her no matter what, and that you're there for her. She will consider you invaluable and appreciate greatly the steps you are taking to be actively involved in her condition and treatment!