Hysterectomy Treatment and Pelvic Health

What is a Hysterectomy?

At its simplest, a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Yet for many women, their specific type of hysterectomy is unique to their personal health.

While there are a number of physical consequences that stem from a hysterectomy, a core concern for many women is how their hysterectomy will impact their pelvic health, bladder control and sexual function.

Hysterectomy and Pelvic Health

There have been several studies that document and discuss the risk a hysterectomy poses to pelvic health. Several leading papers discuss how the removal of the uterus can trigger pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.1

The number of women who can suffer from urinary incontinence after a hysterectomy is staggering, with an estimated 25% to 49% of patients reporting symptoms.2 Managing urinary incontinence can be a major source of stress for women, as it can impact their routine quality of life and mental health. Women who require hysterectomies can sometimes suffer a prolapse in the period after their surgery. To learn more about prolapse and pelvic health. Added to this, symptoms of severe urinary incontinence are one of the most common reasons that the elderly seek institutionalised living arrangements.3 As such, securing pelvic strength and reducing the risk of urinary incontinence can improve women’s short-term and long-term physical and mental health.

Hysterectomy and MEDIballs Secret

Pelvi recommends that women who are seeking post-hysterectomy treatment for urinary incontinence speak first with their preferred medical professional. As each woman’s body is unique, so too are her needs.

However, MEDIballs Secret can support women who have had a hysterectomy by offering them a safe, effective and conservative treatment that can strengthen the pelvic floor.

Strengthening pelvic floor muscles through weight training can effectively support bladder control and sexual function. Regular training develops the muscle strength essential to ideal bladder control. MEDIballs Secret offer women a discreet and comfortable treatment for regular muscle strength training in the comfort of their own home.

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  1. Mant J, Painter R, Vessey M. Epidemiology of genital prolapse: observations from the Oxford Family Planning Association Study. BJOG 104, 579–585 (1997). Jelovsek JE, Maher C, Barber MD. Pelvic organ prolapse. Lancet 369, 1027–1038 (2007). Altman D, Falconer C, Cnattingius S, Granath F. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery following hysterectomy on benign indications. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 198, 572.e1–572.e6 (2008). Brown JS, Sawaya G, Thom DH, Grady D. Hysterectomy and urinary incontinence: a systematic review. Lancet 356, 535–539 (2000), Swift SE, Pound T, Dias JK. Case-control study of etiologic factors in the development of severe pelvic organ prolapse. Int. Urogynecol. J. 12, 187–192 (2001).
  2. Hunskaar S, Lose G, Sykes D, Voss S. The Prevalence of Urinary Incontinence in Women in Four European Countries. BJU Int. 93, 324–330 (2004). Milsom I. Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women. Curr. Opin. Urol. 19, 337–341 (2009).
  3. Nuotio M, Tammela TL, Luukkaala T, Jylhä M. Predictors of institutionalization in an older population during a 13-years period: the effect of urge incontinence. J. Gerontol. A. Biol. Sci. Med. Sci. 58, 756–762 (2003), Matsumoto M, Inoue K. Predictors of institutionalization in elderly people living at home: the impact of incontinence and commode use in rural Japan. J. Cross Cult. Gerontol. 22, 421–432 (2007).