Stretch Marks the Mark of a Disease?

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Stretch marks aren't just unsightly, they can also warn of impending problems.

A woman’s stretch marks may mean she is more likely to develop pelvic prolapses, a new study shows.

Pelvic prolapse refers to descent of the vaginal walls or uterus below their normal positions. Symptoms include pelvic pressure, pain, seeing or feeling a vaginal bulge, and urinary or rectal incontinence.

Stretch marks are red, pink, or purple streaks in skin that’s been stretched, such as in pregnancy or after weight gain or extreme weight loss. About half of all pregnant women get stretch marks, which often fade after delivery, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Women’s Health Information Center.

The new study, published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, doesn’t predict pelvic prolapse for every woman with stretch marks, but simply notes that women prone to one are prone to the other. Medical experts say a new solution, while it doesn't prevent the onset of pelvic prolapse, does help women get their self-esteem back by reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Livadone is manufactured by Memphis-based Selmedica Healthcare. A company spokesman said Livadone reduces the appearance of stretch marks by going straight to the source of the problem by working from the inside out.

“Livadone helps your body to restore and replenish the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) to help heal the damage that causes stretch marks,” the spokesman said.

Amanda Bland, of, Louisville, Ky., said after having her baby, she had stretch marks all over her behind and stomach.

“It looked really bad,” she said. “My sister-in-law told me about Livadone and it worked like magic. It faded the stretch marks and now I can barely see them.”

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