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How do I manage my pelvic organ prolapse on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

How you manage your pelvic organ prolapse on a daily basis will depend on the severity of the prolapse and the organ affected. You might have few or no symptoms in the case of a mild prolapse. A more severe prolapse might mean you have to address urinary or bowel issues, such as incontinence or constipation.

In order to strengthen your pelvic muscles, your doctor is likely to ask you to perform Kegel exercises on a daily basis. This involves repeatedly tensing and relaxing muscles at the base of your pelvis several times a day. In more severe cases, your doctor may fit you with a small device called a pessary, which supports the prolapsed organ from within the vagina. You will need to remove and clean the pessary on a regular basis. In severe cases surgery may be required.

In order to strengthen your pelvic muscles, your doctor is likely to ask you to perform Kegel exercises on a daily basis. This involves repeatedly tensing and relaxing muscles at the base of your pelvis several times a day. In more severe cases, your doctor may fit you with a small device called a pessary, which supports the prolapsed organ from within the vagina. You will need to remove and clean the pessary on a regular basis.

A specific type of exercise—pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels—can help symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. A physical therapist can also provide exercises that may improve symptoms, although not the degree of prolapse. The prolapsed organ doesn’t go back.

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