5 Ways Women Can Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Women who have a family history of pelvic organ prolapse or have had a vaginal birth are more vulnerable to this condition. It can be treated if it does occur, but more importantly, there are ways women can prevent pelvic organ prolapse before it happens.

What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where pelvic floor muscles become weak or torn and consequently drop down. This condition can affect the vagina, cervix, uterus, ladder, urethra, or rectum.

In addition to family history and vaginal birth, other causes can include obesity, chronic coughing, straining during bowel movements, giving birth to a baby more than 8.5 pounds, hormonal changes during menopause, and aging.

woman experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor problem

Symptoms Of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

How do you know this is happening to you? 

There are several signs of pelvic organ prolapse, and some of them include the following:

  • Seeing or feeling something protruding out of the vagina
  • Pelvic pressure that becomes more intense standing too long or coughing
  • Feelings of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty inserting a tampon

Preventing Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If you already have some of the risk factors for this condition, all is not lost. There are still ways women can prevent pelvic organ prolapse.

Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

No matter your age, any woman can do simple kegel exercises that will strengthen your pelvic floor. Pretend you are urinating and then hold, or flex, your muscles for three seconds. Then release. Do this ten times and several times a day to strengthen your pelvic floor.

Lose Some Weight

Carrying around extra weight puts more pressure on your pelvic muscles. By dropping some pounds you can help to prevent pelvic floor prolapse. Talk with Urology Specialists of Oregon about a weight loss plan.

Stop Smoking

Here is another reason to quit! Besides your smoker’s cough, smoking drains your body of needed oxygen which helps to repair muscles and prevent pelvic floor muscles.

Eat Lots Of Fiber

This is an easy one. Whole foods like sweet potatoes, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, beans and grains are not only healthy, but they help to make bowel movements easier. Less straining lowers your risk for pelvic organ prolapse.

Add in 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, and you are on your way.

Take Your Time

We mean when sitting on the commode. We are all in a hurry, but this is one activity which should be completed in due course and without haste. Too much straining or “pressing” can lead to your rectum or intestines falling into your vagina.

Contact Urology Specialists of Oregon at (541) 322-5753 or request an appointment online if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse.