Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an important time to focus on breast health, but it's also essential to recognize the broader impact of breast cancer treatments on a woman's overall well-being. In this blog post and in the video below, Dr. Amanda Olson sheds some light on how breast cancer treatment can affect the pelvic floor and vaginal tissue and provides valuable tips to help women manage these changes.
Understanding the Impact of Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can lead to significant hormonal changes in the body. One less-known consequence of these changes is their effect on the pelvic floor and vaginal tissue. Women undergoing breast cancer treatment may experience:
Vaginal Dryness: Changes in hormones can result in vaginal dryness, making it uncomfortable and painful.
Scar Tissue: For those undergoing radiation or pelvic surgery, lower estrogen levels may lead to the development of scar tissue around the vaginal opening, causing tenderness and discomfort.
Tips for Managing Pelvic Floor and Vaginal Health
Managing these changes is crucial for a woman's comfort and overall well-being. Here are some practical tips:
Use a Moisturizer: Apply a moisturizer designed for the vulvar area regularly. It helps combat dryness and discomfort.
Moisturize Internally: Utilize a suspension syringe to apply moisturizer or personal lubricant inside the vagina. This can help alleviate dryness and discomfort in the vaginal walls.
Consider Vaginal Dilators: Vaginal dilators can be incredibly helpful in mobilizing the vaginal tissue. They play a vital role in decreasing pain around the pelvis and vaginal opening, making medical exams and intercourse more comfortable.
Explore Vibrating Wands: Vibrating wands can stimulate blood flow, manage pain, and address trigger points in the pelvic floor. They can be used externally on the inner thighs and lower abdomen or internally within the pelvic floor.
Seek Expert Guidance: Don't hesitate to reach out to pelvic physical therapists who specialize in cancer-related pelvic health issues. They can provide invaluable advice and support.
Breast cancer treatment can have far-reaching effects on a woman's body, including the pelvic floor and vaginal tissue. Understanding these changes and taking proactive steps to manage them is essential for enhancing overall quality of life during and after treatment. Additionally, consider following experts like Dr. Alex Hill, a pelvic physical therapist who provides valuable education on cancer-related pelvic health.
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Together, we can navigate the journey from breast cancer to pelvic health and wellness.
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