One day while I was taking a shower I noticed a bulge coming out of my vagina. I thought it was a tumor and immediately called my doctor. She diagnosed me with a cystocele. She also told me that it wasn’t that bad and that a few visits to a physical therapist could help. She suggested I go to Athena Physical Therapy (now EvergreenHealth Urology & Urogynecology Care) since they specialize in this area of the body or what she called “the pelvic floor.”
When I called I found out that Athena only treats women, which was very nice since I was very embarrassed to be seen, but the all female staff at Athena Physical Therapy made me feel so welcomed. Everyone from the front desk to the billing staff were so helpful and always friendly.
At my visit my PT asked me a bunch of questions about my bladder. I never really thought about it, but when she asked me if I noticed if my urine stream was slower than it used to be I had to admit it was taking longer to pee in the last six months. I would especially notice when I was always the “slow poke” in the bathroom when I went out with my girlfriends. She explained this might be due to the prolapse. She also explained to me that although PT would not be able to fix my prolapse, it might be able to help the slow stream and the feeling as if something was falling out of my body.
For treatment she gave me some exercises to do and told me what to avoid as to not worsen my prolapse. Within 6-8 treatments I could no longer feel the bulge and I’m no longer the last one in the bathroom stall.