All you need to know about Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Are you living with uncomfortable pelvic organ prolapse? Here are the things you need to know.

The most uncomfortable and awkward condition that trouble many women is pelvic organ prolapse. Normally, the pelvic organs – the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum are supported by muscles and tissues called the pelvic floor. Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles supporting pelvic organs become weak or damaged. This allows bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs into or out of the vagina.

Due to the feeling of an uncomfortable bulge in the vagina, women are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about pelvic organ prolapse symptoms. But pelvic organ prolapse is treatable says – Dr.Parameshwara C M, the best pelvic organ prolapse treatment doctor.

What are the types of pelvic organ prolapse?

The type of pelvic organ prolapse depend on the pelvic organ affected. The most common types are:

  • Cystocele: This is the most common type of prolapse. This happens when the bladder protrudes into the vagina.
  • Rectocele: This happens when the rectum bulges into or out of the wall of the vagina.
  • Uterine: Prolapsed uterus happens when the uterus dropping or bulges into or out of the vagina.

Most of the times, pelvic organ prolapse is a result of multiple vaginal deliveries, which weakens the pelvic floor. The baby’s head going through the vaginal canal stretches out connective muscles and tissues says- Dr. Parameshawara CM, pelvic organ prolapse doctor in Bangalore.

How is pelvic organ prolapse diagnosed?

Your doctor will discuss your pelvic organ prolapse symptoms and do a pelvic exam. You may be asked to cough so your doctor finds whether the cough causing urine leakage. Your doctor may also ask to strain as if you are having a bowel movement to assess how far the uterus has slipped into the vagina. Also, you may be asked to tighten the pelvic muscles as if you are stopping a stream of urine, to check the strength of pelvic muscles.

How can I take care of my pelvic organ prolapse?

If you have pelvic organ prolapse, you maybe wondering  what can be done to treat it. Here are some tips suggested by the best pelvic organ prolapse doctors, that help you feel better from day to day.

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises: Kegel exercises help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. When you have pelvic organ prolapse, your pelvic organs(bladder, uterus, and rectum) are weak and drop down towards your vagina. Kegels tighten your pelvic muscles and keep your prolapse from getting worse.

To do a kegel, go through the action like you are going to pee. Then instead of letting it out squeeze and hold the muscles to stop the flow of urination. Keep tightening those muscles for five seconds and release them. Repeat the procedure five times a day.

  • Pessary: A pessary is a removable device that is placed inside to support the pelvic organs. Pessaries are made of silicone that come in different sizes and shapes. Pessaries are the first treatment that your doctor would try for both pelvic organ prolapse and urine incontinence.
  • Stay Regular: Constipation is one of the causes of pelvic organ prolapse. Avoid constipation and the strain when you poop. Drink lots of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and eat high fiber diet if you are chronically constipated.
  • Take a load off: If you have pelvic organ prolapse, avoid activities which could make it worse, such as heavy lifting, strain or pull. Try not to be on feet for longer periods of time. If your pelvic organ prolapse symptoms become worse after workouts, try activities that are gentle on the body.

How do I prevent pelvic organ prolapse?

As suggested by the experts of pelvic organ prolapse, here are a few steps to reduce your risk of pelvic floor disorders.

  • Don’t smoke: Smoking weakens the tissue around the pelvic muscles and cause repetitive coughing and puts stress on the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Maintain healthy weight: You shoud lose weight if you are obese or overweight as extra weight puts pressure on your pelvis.
  • Choose high fiber diet: Fiber helps prevent constipation and preventing constipation reduces the risk of pelvic floor disorders.

Don’t neglect if your symptoms of prolapse are persistent or getting worse. Feel free to consult our best doctors for pelvic organ prolase in Bangalore for the treatment choice that is best for you.