Everything you ever Needed to Know about Pelvic Prolapse and how to Treat it
Almost 50% of the women who have given birth and 50% of women over 50 experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Still, very few people talk about it. In fact, some women think that it might have been their fault – a lot of patients ask if Kegels could have prevented their pelvic organ prolapse. The answer is that, while Kegel exercises help, they cannot prevent POP. Read on to find out more about this condition and learn why.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a conditions in which the vagina, rectum, uterus and/or bladder of a woman shift their position and move downward. The main symptoms associated with POP are: pelvis pain or heaviness, urine or stool leaks. Some women can suffer from POP without even knowing it, while more extreme cases involve the uterus or bladder bulging outside.
What are the main causes of POP?
Pelvic organ prolapse is more frequent in women who have had multiple pregnancies or a single delivery with extensive training. Other things that can cause POP are: heavy lifting, chronic constipation or chronic cough. In a nutshell, it can be said that anything that puts pressure on the organs in the abdominal cavity repeatedly can strain the connective tissue and the ligaments enough to cause POP.
What are the POP treatment options?
Some women (especially the mild cases) choose to live with POP without any treatment. For the rest of them, the options are quite numerous: physical therapy can alleviate the symptoms and Kegel exercises can also help with strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor. But more serious cases need more serious treatments.
Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding heavy lifting can also reduce the symptoms because they reduce the pressure on the organs. If this doesn’t help, a pessary – a device who supports the organs can be inserted in the vagina. If the POP is even more severe, surgery can also be an option. Depending on each woman’s anatomy and condition, the surgery can be performed vaginally, laparoscopically or through an abdominal incision.
Many women think they suffer from POP, when, in fact, it is something less serious. Before deciding on a treatment, make sure you see a doctor. Only a specialist can evaluate your condition and recommend the proper course of treatment. If you are searching for a pelvic organ prolapse in Barrie, Ontario, you have come to the right place! Dr. Fefelova has extensive experience in working with POP patients. Set up an appointment today – we can help you!