I am in my forties and have given birth naturally to several babies, including some ten pound babies. This is not easy on the pelvic floor and after my last few babies I realized my uterus and bladder were prolapsing. (Midwife says everything is prolapsing! ) It is particularly bad after a birth. It usually gets somewhat better in a few months. However, after my last baby it never got better. (He is almost 2. ) Espeically at the end of the day, my bladder would be uncomfortably low.
Recently, I had a very long day and realized my bladder wasn't low or bothering me. Then I realized it hadn't been bothering me for a couple of weeks. I am pretty sure it is because of Red Raspberry Leaf tea! I started drinking this tea daily several months ago since it is so good for the female system. I have been drinking LOTS of it--3-4 cups a day, faithfully! It is the only thing different that I have been doing. Today I checked a favorite book of mine, "Practical Herbalism. " Sure enough, in the description of Red Raspberry, the author references a older book that talked about using Red Raspberry Leaf for pelvic prolapse!
I was figuring I would just have to have surgery to get everything fixed "up. " But I know people that have done that and had less than wonderful results. Plus, I don't really want to have surgery.
This is a slow way to heal a problem and my problem isn't as severe as it could have been, but it is a cheap and easy and safe and healthy solution for an uncomfortable problem.
If you try this, use mostly Red Raspberry Leaf in your tea. You can also add in some nettle and alfalfa for nutrition or some kind of mint for flavor. I mix my own dry herbs. Then I put 3 T. of the herb mixture in a quart jar and pour boiling water over it. I let it steep for 15 minutes. (Do not keep on the heat. ) Then I strain out the herbs and sweeten. I drank almost a quart a day for months. You can buy tea bags and use 3 - 4 a day, making sure to steep for 15 minutes to extract the maximum benefit from the herbs. Lots of pregnancy teas or women's teas will have lots of red raspberry leaf in them if you don't want to bother making your own mix.
Just for completeness, I do eat healthy, whole foods, made a home, not a lot of sugar, lots of water (including Apple Cider Vinegar, but I have done that for years. ) I also try to get out and walk several times a week, just a mile or so. I do think keeping the muscles strong is important and would like to get more and better excercise, but I am kind of busy raising kids. :)
Hope that helps someone!