Female Reproductive System Disorders
- Q How do vaginal support devices treat pelvic organ prolapse?
Vaginal support devices known as pessaries are sometimes used to treat severe pelvic organ prolapse where an organ is protruding into the vaginal canal. A pessary is a small, removable device that is inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organ... Full Answer
- Q How do incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse affect a woman’s sexuality?
Dr. Jill Rabin, Obstetrics & GynecologyRecent studies have shown that women with incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse experience the same amount of desire for intercourse, frequency of sexual activity, pain with intercourse, and satisfaction in their relationships as women without these... Full Answer
- Q How does growing older increase the risk for pelvic organ prolapse?
As you grow older, your risk for pelvic organ prolapse increases because the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments in the pelvis tend to become stretched and weakened over time. In addition, particularly after menopause, your body's reduced estrogen... Full Answer
- Q How do I do the exercises that treat pelvic organ prolapse?
A targeted type of exercise that strengthens the pelvic muscles is often used to treat the symptoms that accompany pelvic organ prolapse. Known as Kegel exercises, they target the pelvic muscles that help support the vagina, urethra, and rectum. In order... Full Answer
- Q How does pregnancy increase the risk for pelvic organ prolapse?
Being pregnant can increase the risk for pelvic organ prolapse by stretching and weakening the muscles, connective tissue, and other structures in a woman's pelvis. Vaginal delivery can also have this effect, and your risk for prolapse goes up with each... Full Answer
- Q How can lifestyle changes help improve pelvic organ prolapse?
Some of the potential symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can be improved with lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes and weight loss. For example, dietary changes may help if the bladder or bowel is affected. Reducing the amount of fluids you drink... Full Answer
- Q Does a hysterectomy increase my risk for pelvic organ prolapse?
Having a hysterectomy can increase your risk for pelvic organ prolapse. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. This procedure can have a profound effect on the structures that surround the uterus, including other organs, muscles,... Full Answer