What are the treatment options for uterine prolapse?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The treatment of uterine prolapse depends on the severity of the prolapse, as well as several factors related to the person with the disorder, such as her age, general state of health, and desire to have children. In mild cases, treatment is not usually necessary, although it is prudent to use strategies to try to prevent it from becoming worse. These strategies include such things as treating a cough, stopping smoking, avoiding or treating constipation, avoiding lifting heavy objects, maintaining a normal weight, doing Kegel exercises, and considering estrogen therapy. If the uterine prolapse is more advanced, it can be treated with vaginal pessaries or surgery.

There are no medications that directly treat uterine prolapse, but estrogen therapy may prevent or slow its progression. After menopause, the body's production of estrogen decreases, which can lead to weakening of the muscles and connective tissues that support the uterus. Topical estrogen may be recommended to help combat some symptoms. Other medications may be used to treat suspected causes of the prolapse, such as stool softeners for chronic constipation.

Biofeedback is another type of alternative treatment that may be helpful in uterus prolapse. Biofeedback is a process that helps you learn to control your body. For uterine prolapse, it helps you more effectively perform the Kegel exercises for the muscles that support the uterus. Strengthening these muscles may prevent or slow the progression of the disorder.

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