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2 x August 23, 2018 x South Lake Medical Directory SOFT WASHING AND PRESSURE WASHING SERVICES For all exterior home cleaning needs BEFORE AFTER TABLE OF CONTENTS MATTER OF HEALTH ........................................................................... 3 An Inconvenient Pressure / Orlando Health PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ................................................................... 4 Making Your Money Count / Charles Schwab SOUTH LAKE MEDICAL DIRECTORY .................................................... 5 ON THE SUBJECT OF ....................................................................... 15 Preventing Caregiver Burnout August 23, 2018 Services offered: Soft wash roof cleaning, Exterior house cleaning, Sidewalks, Driveways, Pool decks and more 321-947-2541 Imperialoutdoorservices.com Be Part of Southwest Orlando Bulletin's Fall Medical Directory! P.O. Box 851 Windermere, FL 34786 407-351-1573 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com ©2018/Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, etc., unintentionally contained herein. All letters received become the property of Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC and may be reproduced and edited without consent. Direct-mailed to 23,500 readers, plus 1,500 in rack distribution, in the Southwest Orlando area, including Bay Hill, Dr. Phillips, Isleworth, Windermere and Winter Garden. Issue Date: Oct. 4 Call 407-351-1573 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER Rick V. Martin VICE PRESIDENT Yvette Martin MANAGING EDITOR Lisa Sagers EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Lauren Salinero CONTRIBUTING WRITER Karen Nimetz CIRCULATION Robert Barlow MARKETING CONSULTANTS Madeline DeVito (407) 351-1573, option 1 mdevito@kearneypublishing.com Michelle Oakes (321) 277-3467 michelle@cornerstonepublishinggroup.com

If getting through your day includes bouts with pressure on your lower regions, you may be experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, a type of pelvic floor disorder. Pelvic floor disorders or similar conditions affect about one-third of all women throughout their lifetimes. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and tissues that form a kind of hammock, keeping the pelvic organs in place. These organs include the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum. “Prolapse” refers to a descending or drooping of any of these pelvic floor organs. How Do I Know if I Have Pelvic Organ Prolapse? According to Dr. Eileen Farwick, board-certified urogynecologist with Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, the most common symptom of pelvic organ prolapse is the pressing of the uterus or other organs against the vaginal wall. This pressure may MATTER OF HEALTH An Inconvenient Pressure cause minor discomfort or problems in how your pelvic organs function. Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include: • A feeling of pelvic pressure. • A feeling as if something is actually falling out of the vagina. • A pulling or stretching in the groin area or a low backache. • Painful intercourse. • Spotting or bleeding from the vagina. • Urinary problems, such as involuntary release of urine, or a frequent or urgent need to urinate. • Problems with bowel movements, such as constipation. Standing, jumping and lifting can make these symptoms worse, while discomfort is usually relieved by lying down. South Lake Medical Directory x August 23, 2018 x 3 submitted by Orlando Health winniepalmerhospital.com/pelvicfloor What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse? The pelvic organs are kept in place by a group of muscles and connective support tissue lining the pelvic floor. The most common conditions that contribute to prolapse are listed below: • Hysterectomy before menopause. Studies have shown that the removal of the uterus before menopause may have a negative effect on the support of the bladder, rectum or vaginal connective tissue. • Pregnancy can stretch and damage tissue and nerves of the pelvic floor, causing an increased risk of prolapse. Delivery method, as well as the size of babies delivered, can all contribute to an increased risk of prolapse. • Lower estrogen levels that occur at menopause contribute to the increased risk of prolapse as women age. Estrogen supports the production of collagen, a protein that enables tissue to stretch and return to normal position. As estrogen levels decline, pelvic tissue becomes less elastic and can tear. • Other factors that influence the risk of prolapse are obesity, chronic constipation, chronic cough due to lung disease, chronic heavy lifting and genetic predisposition. Wait ... That’s Happening to Me If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, it would be wise to talk with your doctor. Pelvic organ prolapse can be a progressive condition, gradually worsening over time. According to Dr. Farwick, “Many cases of pelvic organ prolapse may actually improve with early intervention, such as pelvic floor therapy and other treatments.” It’s worth checking out, because really, who needs all that added pressure? n

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