Pelvic organ prolapse transpires when an organ in the pelvic region, like the bladder, descends from its usual assigned place and leans on the walls of the vagina. It is often caused by childbirth, and though not a life threatening condition, one that should be fixed if possible. How can this be done?
After your doctor diagnoses the condition for sure, you may be prescribed something as simple as staying away from caffeine, or doing exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Quitting or drastically reducing the amount you smoke can help the condition too. Going on a diet to lose weight if you’re overweight can be beneficial too, as being overweight really exacerbates the condition of pelvic organ prolapse.
In the case of women who suffer from constipation, addressing and treating that can prevent from making the prolapse worse than it already is. Surgery may be the only way to help the condition in some more extreme cases, but this is generally a last resort. Minor surgery entails repairing tissues that hold up the organ, and in the most dramatic cases may require a hysterectomy.
Complications can sometimes arise from surgery, but this is not the norm, as surgeries to fix pelvic organ prolapse are not generally high risk. Until your doctor decides that the condition is truly fixed, you should also avoid heavy lifting or performing any activity that will strain your abdominal muscles. Taking estrogen tablets can also help in certain cases.
A pessary may also help. What is a pessary? No, it’s not a word you hear every day, not even in the medical community. A pessary is basically something that is inserted into the vagina, and is often found in a donut type of shape. They were known as far back as Greek times. Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician, mentioned using medicated pessaries as a form of birth control in his writings. But for the purpose of treating pelvic organ prolapse, a special kind of pessary can act as a support or brace to keep the prolapsed organ in its proper place. This also acts to relieve the pain of the wearer.
Other related types of prolapse can generally be treated in similar ways. Talk to your doctor if you think you might have pelvic organ prolapse. Symptoms can include difficulty urinating or defecating, complications during sexual activity, and general feelings of pressure and pain in the pelvic region. Overall, you don’t have much to worry about even if you’re diagnosed with this condition. Again, it is not that serious, and can always be improved, if not fixed completely.