Prolapse

A condition that affects half of all women during their lifetime

What is prolapse or pelvic organ prolapse, also known as POP?

The definition of prolapse is “when one or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina.

It can be the womb (uterus), bowel, bladder or top of the vagina.

A prolapse is not life threatening, but it can cause pain and discomfort.”[]

Prolapse can be described as heaviness in the vagina, since one or more of the pelvic organs are being pulled down.

How common is prolapse?

Half of all women experience pelvic organ prolapse during their lifetime [].

How sad that we often find out about the condition as we are experiencing it, rather than beforehand so we can be prepared!

Please remember when you are suffering from prolapse that you haven’t done anything wrong and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It is also worth remembering how common the condition is, so you don’t keep yourself from seeking help.

The good news is that there are ways to heal.

How to heal prolapse

How you can heal will depend on what type of prolapse you have and how severe it is.

You can have 1 or more of the 4 types of prolapse. Either the uterus, bowel, bladder or the top of the vagina is not held in place properly. See picture here.

There are several degrees of how severe prolapse can be, ranging from 1 to 4, with 4 being the most severe prolapse.

Healing naturally

You might be able to heal through the correct training, even if you are recommended surgery. If your doctor agrees, consider giving pelvic floor exercises a chance for 3-6 months before you decide on surgery or not.

Click here to read more about one pelvic floor training method.

Sometimes, a combination of lifestyle changes, exercise, rest, new diet can be enough to heal naturally. You should also be avoiding exercises or movements that may prevent your body from healing.

Healing with traditional medicine

Your doctor might recommend you hormone treatment, vaginal pessaries or surgery. Pelvic floor exercises are the least invasive treatment, and it is possible that your healthcare provider can also help you with that.

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