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Diagnosed With Pelvic Organ Prolapse? How To Relieve The Pressure

by Camila Davidson

If you're in the beginning stages of pelvic organ prolapse, don't wait for the condition to get worse. You need to take action right away. Pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious problems. Without treatment, your bladder and other organs can protrude through your pelvic wall. That means you may develop a bulge that extends outside your vagina. Here are four steps you need to take to ease problems associated with pelvic organ prolapse. 

Avoid Constipation

Now that you're dealing with the beginning stages of pelvic organ prolapse, you need to avoid constipation. Constipation increases the risk of prolapse. Each time you strain to have a bowel movement, you put pressure on your pelvic wall. That pressure causes your pelvic organs to push descend. In fact, you may feel a slight bulge in your vaginal area when you strain through a bowel movement. You can reduce the risk of constipation by adding more fiber and water to your diet. This reduces the occurrence of constipation. 

Go Easy on the Lifting

If your doctor has diagnosed you with pelvic organ prolapse, avoid heavy lifting. Like constipation, heavy lifting puts unnecessary strain on your pelvic floor. Over time, the heavy lifting increases the severity of the prolapse. Prevent the strain on your pelvic floor. Have someone else help with the heavy lifting for you. If you do need to lift, try dispersing the weight. That way, you can lift lighter loads. 

Start an Exercise Routine

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, you're at risk for pelvic organ prolapse. If that's the case, now's the time to start an exercise routine. If you're overweight, an exercise routine can help you achieve a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk for pelvic organ prolapse. It's also important that you start a pelvic floor exercise routine as well. Talk to your doctor about exercises designed to strengthen your pelvic floor. 

Consider Treatment Options

If you're at risk for advanced pelvic organ prolapse, you need to consider your treatment options. There are several different treatments available for pelvic organ prolapse. One treatment includes the use of a vaginal pessary. A vaginal pessary is a plastic disc or ring that's inserted into the vagina. It holds the pelvic floor in place and prevents organ prolapse. Another treatment option involves surgery. Surgical intervention is often needed for serious organ prolapse. Surgery is useful for repairing weakened pelvic floor muscles. It also restores pelvic organs to their natural position and prevents future prolapse.