*Post is geared for the ladies. Men read at your own risk.
I am seriously not kidding…female TMI alert!
I have a little secret. I don’t share this with very many people, so let’s just keep this between us, okay?
Because before writing this, I think I have shared this with possibly two friends.
Sharing this here is a big deal for me. But it is important. And, I suspect, a big deal for a lot of ladies. So, I am going to risk the judging I worry about and start.
Ever since my lady parts pushed a human out of them, when I sneeze, when I jump, when I cough, when I try to do Zumba, when I twist the wrong way…I pee on myself a little. Colds are hell. Trampolines…I can’t get within five feet of them without a little anticipatory trickle.
How many of you ladies have this little secret, too?
It is a shameful feeling, buying Poise pads and not looking the cashier in the eye, as I try to get out of the store as quickly as possible, or make a loud comment about how, “Yes, I think this is Mom’s brand.” *wink, wink* (Sorry, Mom).
My heart aches for the child brides in third world countries, who don’t have access to what we have in developed countries and have to suffer in isolation and shame.
What is so sad is that if this is as common in developed countries as I think it may be, and yet…we are (I am) so embarrassed to talk about it here. “Not me,” I like to pretend, “must be horrible.”
A recent Facebook post in one of my “Moms Groups” someone posted about this under, “asking for a friend.” The post was flooded with an almost unheard of number of responses.
Yes, I have been too embarrassed to talk about it, so I will never judge anyone else for keeping silent. I worry a bit as I write this about, well, anyone reading this.
But that is why I am writing this. Because it needs to be said. Because it needs to be out of the closet. Because it isn’t just what happens to women “of a certain age’ or mothers.
There are treatments, and I finally pushed my gynecologist to help me with it. And she hemmed and hawed, and ordered a test. It was an embarrassing test, because, what else would we do in this situation? And the test came back that mine was bad, but not the worst, and she looked at me and shrugged. And I looked at her and said that I wanted Pelvic Floor Therapy because I am tired of living with my little secret…that, well, isn’t so secret anymore.
And, I had my first therapy session today. And it was…intrusive but professionally done. And I was able to speak freely and get some exercises to do at home.
And, it may take some time to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles, but there is hope! And, I hope the more we talk about it, the less embarrassing and shameful it will become.