I have vague memories of my mom going through menopause just as I was entering my teens…oh the sweet memories of doors slamming one moment and the next we were crying side-by-side while watching 90210 and Party of Five Together on Wednesday nights. (I’m pretty sure my brother and dad were conveniently golfing a lot that year…).
June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month. Pelvic Organ Prolapse (or POP) is a common condition affecting 1 in 2 women worldwide. It can be be scary, embarrassing and debilitating. Many women I see who have been diagnosed with a POP, or have a sense they have one, stop doing many things in their daily life, including exercise and hobbies they love (gardening, etc) for fear of making the prolapse worse.
Koru is Maori for “loop”, a spiral shape base on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond. It symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. The circular shape of the koru helps convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.
Yup, that’s right gals (and guys). We have muscles that make up our pelvic bowl, supporting our every move. There are 3 layers of muscles that run from your pubic bone to your tailbone (coccyx). These muscles turn on before our every move and are an integral part of our core, along with our diaphragm, deep abdominal and back muscles. The pelvic floor stabilizes our pelvis, but it also aides in bowel and bladder function and sexual pleasure.