A prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened and the pelvic organs can bulge (prolapse) from their natural position into the vagina. Sometimes the prolapse can be so severe that it can protrude from the vagina. Personally I can’t imagine how scary this must feel to literally have your insides falling out. This is the reality for many women, though the majority will only suffer a partial prolapse.
Pelvic floor trauma described as an injury
I heard Rachel talking on the radio about her issues and sent her a Secret Whispers® Kegel Weight Kit and around the same time she had been introduced to Emma James, the physio I mentioned in an earlier blog. Between my Kegel Kit and the other options, Emma suggested, Rachel is now on a journey of recovery. She has accepted that her pelvic floor weakness is down to an injury - this is a major psychological step forward. If your ankle is broken you put a cast on it - you have to accept if your pelvic floor is not working as it should you need to take action to fix it.
It’s key to be aware that just because you don’t have an issue yet, doesn’t mean you have a strong pelvic floor - it’s a muscle like any other - if you don’t use it, it’ll become weak. The Secret Whispers® Kegel Weight Kit is like a weighted tampon. Once inserted into your vagina, gravity does its bit and the correct pelvic floor muscles engage to keep it in - think about it as a dumbbell for your pelvic floor. And talking of tampons, Jo recalled the first time she saw a tampon and remembered her thoughts were “What?? It goes where??” and she was having the same thoughts seeing my pelvic floor toner! I’d love to know your first thoughts on seeing it?
What drives me in this quest is that there’s so much awareness that needs raising but I have to tell you, when I hear from a woman, who’s used my product, telling me “I’m pad-free, Julie!” I do a little dance!
On this journey to campaign for pelvic floor awareness I’ve met some amazing health professionals. One of them being Emma James who is a physiotherapist specialising in the pelvic floor area.
Emma James physiotherapy for the pelvic floor
We initially met online and I then visited one of her practices back in February and had the opportunity to present to the rest of her team. Since then we’ve given mutual support and I’m proud to say that Emma recommends Secret Whispers® Kegel Weights to her clients, and last week our diaries finally coincided for a collaborative facebook live.
We had such an interesting conversation and hearing Emma say “Just because it (urinary incontinence) is common doesn’t mean it’s normal” is something you hear me talk about A LOT.
Rachel Horne, who presents the news and weather with Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio breakfast show, was talking about how she leaked when she ran.
When had women spoken out publicly like this before? We all know getting a public figure or celebrity involved in a campaign gives it so much more weight, so I literally jumped up and got to it!
I followed up and had the idea of sending in not one, but three Secret Whispers Kegel Kits. One for Rachel, one for Chris's wife and one for the all-important PA. Top tip - never forget the PA if you want your delivery to get through!
About a month later, there was Rachel on the radio saying that after having used two products - one of them my Secret Whispers Kegel Weights for 3 weeks she’d had a dry run!