What do I need to know about caring for someone with pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you are caring for a woman with pelvic organ prolapse, it will be important to keep an eye on her symptoms and seek medical attention if they get worse. For example, you may need to keep an eye on her bowel movements and urine output, especially if she is unable to communicate. A mild prolapse is likely to have no symptoms or relatively minor ones, but a more severe prolapse can have bothersome complications, including bladder or bowel incontinence and constipation.

If the woman you are caring for is able to perform daily Kegel exercises, you can encourage her to stick to a regular routine of doing them several times a day, because this will help alleviate such symptoms as incontinence. If you are responsible for preparing her food, you can consult with her doctor to see if dietary changes are needed, such as increasing fiber content or reducing fluids to address bowel or urinary issues.

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