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Can pelvic organ prolapse be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You can help prevent pelvic organ prolapse by addressing the risk factors that are within your control. For example, you can try to lose weight if you are obese. If you have a chronic cough, you can try to address the underlying cause, such as by quitting smoking if you are a smoker. Eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular exercise will also help. You can also commit to taking good care of the muscles in what is known as your pelvic floor—your vagina, urethra and rectum. For example, you can do Kegel exercises regularly and avoid lifting extremely heavy objects or otherwise straining those muscles.

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