While I was scrolling through TikTok last night, I came across a video that scares the biggies out of me. Here’s the eight-second horror movie:
The combination of horror and confusion this video had on me gave me no choice but to reach out to the creator. I didn’t want closure – I needed it. She told Lauren K. , a high school freshman, told BuzzFeed that after she woke up from her fart last summer, she saw her womb in her underwear.
“After sitting down, the discomfort increased,” she said. “The only way I could describe it would be like laying an egg or sitting on a ping-pong ball. I went to the bathroom shortly after I sat down, and I lowered and saw something hanging off of me. I took a picture and went to my mom’s room to ask if she was going to take me to the hospital. In this The stage was 3 a.m., and I started to freak out a bit. My mom said she would help me in the morning, and I went back to sleep. When I woke up around 10 a.m., she came back inside me. I thought I had a dream about her until I saw the picture I took.”
Lauren didn’t share the photo she took with me, nor did I ask for it, so here’s a cartoon she said her womb looked like:
Lauren said her mother took her to the hospital that afternoon, but “at this point, I knew it was a uterine prolapse after googling some pictures of her.” According to the Mayo Clinic, uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor weaken to the point that they are unable to provide adequate support for the uterus, so the uterus either slides into the vagina or protrudes out of it.
“I was seen a few hours after I got to the ER, and they said there was nothing they could do because it wasn’t sticking out anymore. They then offered me a pelvic exam. I agreed because I was told they didn’t hurt. We’ll never forget that pain – they took The metal scapula and they stuck it in there. I tried to let them do what they needed to, but it was too painful so I told them to stop. They referred me to a gynecologist and Lauren said “I was on my way.”
But even when Lauren went to see her gynecologist, she received no explanation as to what had happened. “My gynecologist completely denied it happened due to my age. She fired me… I tried to explain that I had proof, but she was making me mad.” A month later, I finally got some answers after talking to a gastroenterologist. “He told me my prolapse was caused by a weakening of my pelvic floor from constipation. He said that with enough strain, my uterus or rectum could fall out.” Lauren suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a chronic condition that can cause severe constipation.
Luckily, Lauren hasn’t had any medical emergencies since the farting incident, but she’s still nervous about her pelvic floor. “Sometimes I feel like [my uterus] Slipping when I cough, sneeze, lift or strain, and it freaks me out every time. I asked my primary care physician to refer me to a new gynecologist a few months ago, but I’ve had no response.”
To find out more information about uterine prolapse, and how common it really is, I reached out to Dr. Margaret Brathwaite, MD, FACOG, a board-certified OB-GYN and owner and founder of Innovative Women’s Care in Las Vegas, Nevada.
First and foremost, Dr. Brathwaite wanted to reduce fear in younger readers by emphasizing that uterine prolapse is extremely unlikely in young people. “It’s not normal for a fart to cause your uterus to come out so young,” she said. “When someone has pelvic floor weakness or damage…the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue lose their strength, tension, and integrity. This typically occurs with an older person in their 50s and 70s, who has had chronic pregnancies. Constipation, severe coughing, and obesity , hormonal changes during menopause, or a hysterectomy.Some people who are genetically predisposed to poor tissue integrity can experience uterine or vaginal prolapse, or incontinence.But usually a person who has not had children or has a connective tissue/muscle injury in the pelvis And when she’s small, she won’t suffer from prolapse. Especially with just farting.”
As for the type of treatment needed for this problem if it occurs, Dr. Brathwaite said it depends on the degree of prolapse. “If the condition is mild and goes a little lower into the vagina, Kegel exercises or pelvic floor therapy can help strengthen the muscles.” If it’s more severe, “surgical intervention with suspension and stretching of the muscles is required to help resuspend the organs, or sometimes a hysterectomy with ligament suspension.”
If you’re interested in taking any and all measures to try to prevent uterine prolapse, here’s what your doctor recommends: “Maintain good pelvic floor strength, do Kegel exercises, use stool softeners, increase fiber in your diet so you don’t experience fatigue and prevent constipation, use cough suppressants.” When coughing hard, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise.” But Dr. Brathwaite noted that even with these preventive measures, prolapse can still occur. If this happens, see your OB-GYN, who can help you with pelvic floor treatment and rehabilitation, or refer you to a urologist for surgical intervention. And for older women who don’t want surgery, they may use a splint to help push the organs up. and reduce pressure and pelvic discomfort they may feel from the prolapse.”