Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse

By , September 11, 2012 12:49 am

Written by guest poster Elizabeth Carrollton

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) affects approximately 50 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 79, yet most women are uninformed about the condition until they are diagnosed. Treatments for POP range from the natural and non-invasive to potentially risky surgical procedures. The more education women receive about POP, its causes, preventative care, and treatment options, the less likely they will be to face potentially risky surgical intervention.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and its Treatments

POP occurs when muscles and tissues that connect and support pelvic organs become weakened. Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth are the leading factors that contribute to POP, however other factors include obesity, smoking and/or a family history of POP. Women can take proactive measures to prevent POP, such as making healthy lifestyle choices and doing daily exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Once POP has been diagnosed, the treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the most conservative and non-invasive methods of treatment should always be tried first before surgical intervention is attempted. Many mild cases of POP do not require treatment, and other mild to moderate cases can often be treated using non-invasive methods.

Non-invasive Treatments for POP

Pelvic Floor Exercises: These exercises, as well as Yoga and/or Pilates, can be used to strengthen the pelvic floor as well as other supportive core muscles. This can prevent POP and can often reverse mild symptoms to prevent further prolapse.
Electrical Stimulation: Doctors can use electrical stimulation on the muscles in the upper vagina and pelvic floor in order to improve their strength and tone. Then women can use exercises on their own to maintain healthy muscles.
Physical Therapy: There are physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor health. Depending on a woman’s symptoms, they can recommend other exercises and protocols for reversing/treating POP.
Pelvic Massage: Pelvic massage has shown a positive impact on POP. Massage nourishes pelvic tissues and can realign organs and tissues that have moved out of place. Combined with other physical therapies, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release and Mayan massage have been effective.
Pessary: A vaginal pessary is a device that is custom-fitted and inserted into the vagina to provide support. When used correctly, it has been successful in preventing organs from further prolapse and treating incontinence.

Surgical Procedures for POP

Surgical procedures are used for severe cases of POP in order to reattach and/or provide support for pelvic tissues and muscles. Unfortunately, one of the most common surgical procedures involves the use of vaginal mesh implants. Transvaginal mesh surgeries have been linked to thousands of cases of medical complications. Some of these complications are severe and cannot be reversed, even after multiple surgeries. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings about the risks involved with transvaginal mesh surgery. Many women have decided to a file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against mesh manufacturers, to seek compensation for their injuries.
Women who require surgical intervention for POP should talk to their doctor about alternative surgical procedures, such as traditional surgery options. While any surgical procedure poses a level of risk, the traditional approach has not been linked to the level of complications associated with transvaginal mesh.
Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) affects approximately 50 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 79, yet most women are uninformed about the condition until they are diagnosed. Treatments for POP range from the natural and non-invasive to potentially risky surgical procedures. The more education women receive about POP, its causes, preventative care, and treatment options, the less likely they will be to face potentially risky surgical intervention.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and its Treatments

POP occurs when muscles and tissues that connect and support pelvic organs become weakened. Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth are the leading factors that contribute to POP, however other factors include obesity, smoking and/or a family history of POP. Women can take proactive measures to prevent POP, such as making healthy lifestyle choices and doing daily exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Once POP has been diagnosed, the treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that the most conservative and non-invasive methods of treatment should always be tried first before surgical intervention is attempted. Many mild cases of POP do not require treatment, and other mild to moderate cases can often be treated using non-invasive methods.

Non-invasive Treatments for POP*

Pelvic Floor Exercises: These exercises, as well as Yoga and/or Pilates, can be used to strengthen the pelvic floor as well as other supportive core muscles. This can prevent POP and can often reverse mild symptoms to prevent further prolapse.

Electrical Stimulation: Doctors can use electrical stimulation on the muscles in the upper vagina and pelvic floor in order to improve their strength and tone. Then women can use exercises on their own to maintain healthy muscles.

Physical Therapy: There are physical therapists who specialize in pelvic floor health. Depending on a woman’s symptoms, they can recommend other exercises and protocols for reversing/treating POP.

Pelvic Massage: Pelvic massage has shown a positive impact on POP. Massage nourishes pelvic tissues and can realign organs and tissues that have moved out of place. Combined with other physical therapies, Shiatsu, Myofascial Release and Mayan massage have been effective.

Pessary: A vaginal pessary is a device that is custom-fitted and inserted into the vagina to provide support. When used correctly, it has been successful in preventing organs from further prolapse and treating incontinence.

Surgical Procedures for POPSurgical procedures are used for severe cases of POP in order to reattach and/or provide support for pelvic tissues and muscles. Unfortunately, one of the most common surgical procedures involves the use of vaginal mesh implants. Transvaginal mesh surgeries have been linked to thousands of cases of medical complications. Some of these complications are severe and cannot be reversed, even after multiple surgeries. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings about the risks involved with transvaginal mesh surgery. Many women have decided to a file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against mesh manufacturers, to seek compensation for their injuries.Women who require surgical intervention for POP should talk to their doctor about alternative surgical procedures, such as traditional surgery options. While any surgical procedure poses a level of risk, the traditional approach has not been linked to the level of complications associated with transvaginal mesh.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

* Justine here! I cannot say enough great things about these FOUR non-invasive ways of preventing and treating POP 1) Gentle Rebounding! 2) Proper alignment ala Katie Bowman and her info at Aligned and Well. 3) If you are local to the NWPA or WNY area, Christine Freeberry offers Mayan Abdominal Massage at her studio in Lilydale NY and I can tell you that it was amazing and really got me started on my journey to amazing pelvic health! 4) Also for the locals: check out the amazing work going on at Girl on Fire Movement Studio where Christine Claire Reed has the latest and greatest up-to-date training in keeping your body strong, flexible, and PROPERLY aligned at ALL AGES and ALL FITNESS LEVELS!

2 Responses to “Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse”

  1. Incostress says:

    Excellent information which covers everything on POP and what you should be aware of. We work voluntarily with medical professionals in the UK raising the awareness about POP. Trying to get the awareness going in schools. Did you know if your grandmother and mother have POP you are 9 times more likely to get it also.
    Raising the awareness is crutial.
    2 excellent books written for the everyday woman to understand yet in depth enough that medics are using them as referenece books.
    Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Sherrie Palm (founder of APOPS)
    Hold It Sister by lead womens physiotherapist Mary O’Dwyer
    These books are available everywhere.

  2. Incostress says:

    Just a word of warning regarding EMG machines. Ladies get to know your body, and the machine, start using it with your physiotherapist. Over use can fatigue the muscles causing further complications. There are many products now available on the net. My advice to anyone who is thinking about ordering off the net to treat what you belive your condition to be,take the information to your medical professional FIRST. You maybe buying something which is not suitable for your condition, or worse- you may have another underlying condition which you may mask due to the treatment.

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