Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD
If you’re suffering from a pelvic health problem – incontinence, fibroids, endometriosis – you don’t need a pile of research to tell you that your whole life is affected. Physical symptoms – urine leakage, pain, bleeding – are just the start. The physical problems trigger anxiety, embarrassment, and insomnia that fall like a shroud over your entire life. Stick with us. There’s good news yet to come. But first, a look at what women – like you – said about their overall quality of life.
“Endometriosis has a significant social and psychological impact on the lives of women,” says one analysis of research on the subject.
Fibroids are generally found in women aged 30-50. The threat of infertility or miscarriage can cause depression in some women.
Treatment for fibroids can involve weight gain and oily skin, which could lead to anxiety and depression.
Mature women with incontinence often suffer the anxiety and shame, rather than see a doctor, because they feel “it’s just part of aging.”
DON’T WAIT. YOU CAN GET HELP.
“Women should seek help for their pelvic health problems – not just to fix the physical issues – but also to return their sense of balance and quality of life,” says McLeod Gynecologist Brad Campbell, MD. “The embarrassment, the anxiety, problems sleeping. All these emotional side effects can disappear when the physical symptoms are treated.”
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Sources include: McLeod Health, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, International Continence Society, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Endometriosis Foundation of America, World Endometriosis Research Foundation