One of the reasons that many women may suffer with an undiagnosed prolapse for some years is that the condition can often gradually progress, leading sufferers to presume that symptoms such as lower back pain, incontinence or painful intercourse are just “one of those things” that are an inevitable result of childbirth and advancing years. In reality, there are plenty of things that women can do to decrease the chance of having a prolapse, improve the symptoms prolapse presents and reduce the risk of issues reappearing after surgery. Detailed below are three important steps that can be taken to help minimise the chance of uterus prolapse problems.
Most people are well aware that maintaining a healthy weight can bring significant health benefits, but may not realise that excess pounds put additional stress on the pelvic area. This can lead to worsening prolapse symptoms as the weakened pelvic area is being subjected to unnecessary added pressure.
Done correctly and regularly, Kegel exercises have been shown to significantly enhance pelvic floor strength provided that women persist in undertaking them. If the exercises are performed before and after prolapsed uterus surgery, they can increase continence and provide additional support to the pelvic area.
Seek treatment for co-existing conditions
In the medium term, problems such as chronic constipation or lung conditions that lead to frequent coughing can all put strain on the pelvic area, causing a prolapse to develop or worsen. Dealing with these conditions is essential to maximise the success of prolapsed uterus surgery. It’s also important to get these disorders resolved in order to improve overall health and well-being.
Whilst little can be done to ameliorate the risk of advancing age, childbirth and genetic predisposition, action can be taken against other factors; by losing weight (if necessary), resolving treatable conditions that can affect pelvic floor health, and performing regular Kegel exercises, you can minimise the risk and severity of prolapse. These actions also provide valuable aids to prolapsed uterus surgery, maximising its chance of success.