If you have heard of uterine prolapse but are unsure whether you are a potential sufferer, here are six prevention methods to limit your risk of developing the condition:
Performing daily exercises can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles so that they are at less of a risk of collapsing. This is especially important if you have recently given birth, as your pelvic floor muscles will be weaker than ever. During pregnancy and after childbirth, it is essential to carry out exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor.
2. Prevent constipation
Ensuring that you never become constipated means that you could highly prevent a uterine prolapse. Drinking plenty of water and eating roughage such as vegetables and fruit will allow you to pass softer stools. The intense strain during constipation could cause a prolapse, but is easily preventable.
3. Avoid heavy lifting
Lifting heavy objects could cause intense strain on your pelvic floor. Always try and use the muscles within your legs when lifting, instead of putting pressure on your waist or back. The latter areas are in your pelvic region.
4. Watch your weight
Being overweight is one of the most common causes of uterine prolapse. Extra weight puts pressure on your pelvic floor. Talk to your doctor about possible weight-loss regimes to ensure that you are less at risk of developing the condition.
5. Birthing methods
During birth, breathe through your contractions and try not to push when it is unnecessary. You may feel the urge, but don’t do so until the midwife tells you. Contractions move the baby down the birth canal for you, therefore pushing when not needed could weaken your pelvic floor muscles and later cause a prolapse.
6. Stop smoking
Smoking is a well known cause of a loose, excessive cough. Those who smoke have become associated with the term ’smokers cough’, something that can occur throughout a smoker’s life. Excessive coughing can damage your pelvic floor muscles and may speed up or cause a prolapse.
If you would like any further information on uterus prolapse surgery or prolapse repair, please contact Mr Jonathan Broome at The Pelvic Clinic.