Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Home treatment can relieve the discomfort of pelvic organ prolapse. It can also help to keep prolapse from getting worse.
- Do Reference Kegel exercises every day to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis.
- Prevent or correct constipation. The straining caused by
constipation increases pressure from the bowel on the vaginal wall and weakens
and damages the connective tissue and muscles in the pelvis.
- Try gentle exercise. Take a short walk each day. Gradually increase your walking time until you are walking for at least 20 minutes each day.
- Make sure you drink enough fluids.
- Eat plenty of high-fiber foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables every day. Have a bran muffin or bran cereal for breakfast, and try eating a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack. Try to eat about 20 g of fiber every day.
- Schedule time each day for a bowel movement—after breakfast, for example. Having a daily routine may help. Take your time.
- If you continue to be constipated, try taking processed or synthetic fiber (such as Citrucel, Metamucil, or Perdiem) each day.
- If your stools are very hard, try taking a stool softener, such as Colace, to prevent straining.
- Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
- Avoid activities that stress your pelvic muscles, such as heavy lifting.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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