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Can uterine prolapse be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

You cannot prevent uterine prolapse with certainty, but you can decrease your risk of developing it by performing exercises to strengthen the muscles and connective tissues in your pelvis. These are called Kegel exercises.

You can also decrease your risk of developing uterine prolapse by reducing or eliminating certain risk factors. For example, if you have a cough you should treat it. If you are a smoker, stopping smoking will probably reduce or eliminate your cough. You should also maintain a normal body weight, avoid lifting heavy objects, and avoid or treat constipation. Topical estrogen therapy after menopause may help prevent the weakening of the pelvic muscles that occurs with age; discuss this course of care with your doctor.

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