It is well known that relaxation of the pelvic muscle tissue can lead to weakness or laxity of the supporting structures in the pelvic region. Tissue from the bladder, rectum, or uterus may protrude into the vagina. This protrusion of tissue into the vagina is known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP). This condition used to be a rare occurrence, but recent developments have made it a serious problem for women’s health.
Statistics show that one in 10 women will need surgery for pelvic organ prolapse before the age of 80. The surgeon performing these procedures may decide to insert a transvaginal mesh into the patient; these artificial meshes are known to delay the need for hysterectomy.
The problem with POPs is that many women do not show any signs or symptoms. One of the most common symptoms in women is uncomfortable pressure in the vaginal or pelvic area. Other symptoms include urinary incontinence, discomfort during intercourse, pelvic pain unrelated to menstruation, lower back pain and difficulty with bowel movements.
The type of treatment for persistent organic pollutants varies depending on the situation. Patients with very mild or no symptoms may not require any treatment. In such cases, actions that may aggravate the prolapse should be avoided. These women are advised to lose weight when necessary, avoid heavy lifting and stop smoking to prevent the progression of prolapse. The good news for these women is that prolapse does not always worsen over time, and surgery is usually not required unless symptoms worsen. Unfortunately, for women who experience severe discomfort or discomfort, surgery is the only sure way to relieve symptoms and improve their quality of life.
For those trying to avoid surgery, doctors may recommend some non-surgical treatments, depending on the severity of ROS. Your doctor may recommend the following treatments.
Kegel exercises: These exercises are performed specifically to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to relieve the symptoms of mild prolapse. This particular exercise involves identifying the pelvic floor muscles that intentionally interrupt the midstream flow of urine, then contracting these muscles for three seconds and then releasing them for three seconds. Kegel exercises are usually repeated 10-15 times each time, at least three times a day.
Vaginal pessary: This device is similar to the outer ring of a diaphragm and is placed inside the patient’s vagina to help support the surrounding structures. Like the diaphragm, the condom is usually made of silicone and is fitted by a physician.
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