When pregnancy, childbirth, or strenuous delivery weakens the muscles in your pelvic area, prolapse of the uterus can occur (the uterus will sag into the vaginal canal). When the muscles finally give into the prolapse, you may experience lower back soreness and continual pressure, uncomfortable sexual intercourse, and the feeling something is in your vaginal canal all the time. Every (uterine, cervical, or vaginal) prolapse patient will have different levels of progression of distention, symptoms, and reasons for the prolapse development. Our doctors at the Caring Center for Women (Drs. Irwin, Blaue, Fay, Reid, Schumann, and Hermann) have been treating women with this condition for more than 25 years. During a consultation at our San Marcos or New Braunfels, TX office, our award-winning medical team will try to get to know you better and learn more about your lifestyle before making a decision on your personalized treatment.
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Your treatment of prolapse will reflect the severity of your symptoms or how far the specified organ has dropped into the vagina. We will provide you with a private physical examination and consultation the Caring Center for Women. Then, we will make a treatment plan consisting of the following options:
- Losing excess weight if overweight (adds pressure to the pelvic floor)
- Avoiding foods or drinks that may inflame the surrounding organs (bowel and bladder)
- Refraining from strenuous exercise or heavy weight lifting
- Scheduling bathroom breaks before needing to urinate to retrain the bladder
- Performing Kegel exercise to strengthen weak pelvic floor muscles
- Wearing sanitary napkins to adult diapers according to your level of need and absorbency
- Biofeedback training and physical therapy (Kegel exercises)
- Electrical stimulation of the nerves and muscles in the pelvic floor
- Urethral or rectal bulking agent injections
Pessary inserts with hormone supplementation
- Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery
- Pelvic reconstructive surgery
- Bladder and bowel control surgery
Vaginal prolapse is hereditary and can happen to a woman without ever being pregnant. When estrogen drops in menopause or the removal of the ovaries, the lack of estrogen weakens the tissues and muscles of the uterus. This increases the possibility of prolapse. If you have a family history of prolapse, you are more at risk of developing a prolapse as well.
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In your search for a urogynecologist, make a call to the Caring Center for Women for a consultation. We will provide you with all the information about what treatments will and will not work with the level of your condition. You can rest assured that we will recommend only the procedures and therapies you need to manage your prolapsed organs. Call today.