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Do This - Not That: Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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What do I need to know about pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
can occur when the pelvic floor weakens, allowing organs and tissues to drop. There are several different types of pelvic floor prolapse which can cause a variety of prolapse symptoms
. You could also experience more than one type of prolapse at a time.
Below are some do’s and don’ts for managing, minimizing, and preventing pelvic floor prolapse. Following these tips can help you with pelvic organ prolapse and general pelvic floor health.
- Talk to your doctor–even if it is embarrassing.
- Consult with a urogynecologist.
- Find a pelvic floor physical therapist that specializes in treating women.
- Keep a symptom diary.
- Know your risk factors.
- Learn all you can about your type of prolapse.
- Seek treatment for a chronic cough.
- Learn to manage constipation.
- Be careful about high impact exercises.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Learn how to lift in a healthy manner.
- Ask about doing kegel exercises
- Consider pelvic floor physical therapy.
- Try a pessary.
- Wear compression shorts.
- Ask about estrogen therapy.
- Seek a second opinion before scheduling surgery.
- Don’t ignore prolapse symptoms.
- Don’t strain on the toilet.
- Don’t do heavy lifting.
- Don’t skimp on fiber in your diet.
- Don’t get dehydrated.
- Don’t try to hold stool or urine too long.
- Don’t rush when having bowel movements.
- Don’t rush into surgery.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t give up!
Pelvic organ prolapse and other pelvic floor dysfunction
issues can affect your quality of life in a number of ways. Though it can be embarrassing, discussing your symptoms with your medical professional who can help you. The more informed you are, the better able you can be to make the right decisions for you. Also, the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can find a solution so that you can enjoy a greater quality of life and prevent worsening symptoms.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
02-22-2015 - 12:46 PM
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