Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms can be very uncomfortable and humiliating. I invited Elizabeth Carrollton from Drugwatch.com to share information about prolapse of the uterus and pelvic organs, symptoms and prevention. Elizabeth has also provided information about repair surgery problems.

Can you tell us about prolapse of the pelvic organs?

Elizabeth: Pelvic Organ Prolapse will affect about half of all childbearing women to some degree. Most of those women will have mild or moderate cases that can be managed with non-invasive treatments, avoiding the need for surgery. However, no matter how mild the treatment, prevention is always better. Many natural solutions are available to help you steer clear of Pelvic Organ Prolapse problems.

 What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Elizabeth:  Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which pelvic organs drop out of position, or prolapse, creating pressure in the vaginal area. It happens when the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor are weakened or stretched. They become unable to support the weight of pelvic organs like the uterus, bladder, rectum and small intestine.

When organs prolapse, women may develop symptoms that include urinary and bowel dysfunction and a feeling of fullness, pressure or pain in the lower abdomen. Prolapsed organs can create a bulge in the vaginal walls or fall into the vaginal canal. Some women may notice tissues protruding from the vagina as organs descend through the vaginal opening.

The most common causes of the pelvic floor dysfunction that leads to POP are changes caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Other common risk factors include obesity, aging, high-impact sports, heavy lifting and chronic coughing. All can create excess pressure on the pelvic floor.

How do we prevent it?                                                    

Elizabeth: Since pelvic organ prolapse is the result of pelvic floor weakness, taking care to keep it healthy can help prevent the disorder. Regular exercise to ensure pelvic muscle and core strength are essential for prevention. These two muscle groups work together to maintain strong pelvic support. Regular exercise also aids in weight management, which is an important factor in preventing POP.

Among the exercises most beneficial to pelvic muscles are Kegal exercises – especially during pregnancy and after childbirth. Yoga benefits both core strength and the pelvic floor, offering a balanced approach to pelvic health. Techniques in yoga target strength and flexibility in these key muscle groups. Yoga also improves posture, which is another important factor in the prevention of excess pelvic floor pressure. Proper technique is important to avoid injury and achieve the best results. So if you’re new to yoga, joining a class or hiring a private instructor is a very good idea.

How do we treat it?

Elizabeth: If you’re already showing signs of pelvic organ prolapse, here are some facts you need to know about repair surgeries. Transvaginal mesh procedures have been the source of serious problems in thousands of women. Problems have included mesh erosion, organ perforation, painful mesh contraction and chronic infection. Some implants have been pulled from the market in transvaginal mesh recalls, due to these issues, and hundreds of lawsuits have been filed. Surgery is only necessary in severe cases of POP, when symptoms are affecting a woman’s quality of life. Natural treatments, such as physical therapy, weight loss and dietary changes can manage or improve symptoms in most women. If surgery is unavoidable, non-mesh procedures are safer and can resolve most cases of POP.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the general public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com. Drugwatch.com advocates for people to make a stand against prescription drugs that have harmful side effects and medical devices that cause damage.