Pelvic prolapse correction can certainly be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and down-right bothersome for many women. While some women don’t report having any symptoms, others report feeling pressure or fullness in the pelvic area, backaches, painful intercourse, and urinary issues. These symptoms can hamper a woman’s daily activities and be a cause of concern when venturing outside their home. While surgery is an option to repair the prolapsed pelvic, Kegel exercises can also help with pelvic prolapse correction.
What is Pelvic Prolapse?
There are 5 types of pelvic organ prolapse than occur within a woman’s body: cystyocele (bladder), rectocele (large bowel or rectum), enterocele (intestines), vaginal vault (vagina caves in on itself) and uterine (uterus). In cystocele, rectocele and uterine prolapses, the organs bulge into the vagina.
These prolapses are given a grade from 0 – 4, with grades of 1 or 2 only showing mild or moderate symptoms that don’t affect daily life severely. A grade of 4 often times refers to a prolapse that is protruding outside of the body, causing major issues. The positive side to these grades is that when a person experiences one level of prolapse, there is no certainty that the prolapse will increase in severity. This means correction and preventive strategies can actually be used to help the prolapse from going any further than it already has.
What are Kegel Exercises?
Kegel exercises are a form of strengthening the pelvic wall/muscles. A woman can perform these exercises any time of the day and in any location. They can be performed discreetly and even while carrying on a conversation at the grocery store.
You begin by tightening your pelvic muscles as if you were resisting the urge to relieve yourself. You repeat this tightening 10-15 times, with a short pause between each tightening. Repeat this set of 10-20 tightening 2-3 minutes at a time for 3 rounds. Remember not to hold your breath or squeeze your stomach, buttocks or thighs, while doing this exercise (which is easier said than done in the beginning but does get easier).
Why Do Kegel Exercises Help with Pelvic Prolapse Correction?
It is safe to say that many women who experience pelvic prolapse will assume corrective surgery is the only way to correct/help their situations. But they are not entirely correct in this assumption. Kegel exercises work to produce a much stronger pelvic floor and pelvic muscles, which means the prolapsed organs will not have much place to go if the pelvic floor/pelvic muscles are strong and tight.
These pelvic muscles exercises have been proven to help milder cases of prolapsed organs in the pelvic region, and, if they are done on a consistent basis, can help prevent further damage to the pelvic organs. Pelvic prolapse correction can definitely be aided by doing Kegel exercises daily.
Here at Cypress Women’s Center, we are committed to helping you find relief from your pelvic prolapse issues and concerns. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and figure out your next steps for pelvic prolapse correction.