Prolapse Support and Mangement

What is Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse can occur when one or more of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, vagina or rectum) fall from their normal positions. This occurs as a result of the pelvic floor muscles weakening or becoming damaged and are not able to support the pelvic organs. It is not considered life-threatening but it can be uncomfortable and stressful. Without treatment these organs can further fall and if severe enough, even through the vaginal opening.1

Types of Prolapse

There are different types of prolapse that can occur in a woman's pelvic area and these are divided into three categories according to the part of the vagina they affect and it is not uncommon to have more than one type of prolapse. These are: front wall, back wall or top of the vagina.

  • Cystocele (bladder) - The most common type of prolapse. Occurs when the bladder falls down into the vagina. When the bladder prolapses, it falls towards the vagina and creates a bulge in the front vaginal wall, which may be uncomfortable and you could have difficulty in emptying your bladder.
  • Uterine (uterus) - Where the womb falls down into the vagina. It is the second most common type of prolapse and is categorised into three evaluations depending on how far the womb has fallen. This condition may also cause discomfort and you could experience difficulty having bowel movements.
  • Vaginal - Even if women have had a hysterectomy it is still possible for the vagina itself to fall down although the uterus is no longer present.
  • Enterocele (small bowel) - An enterocele occurs when a space between the vagina and rectum opens and small bowel bulges through.
  • Rectocele (rectum) - If the rectum falls it is called a rectocele. This condition may also cause discomfort and you could experience difficulty having bowel movements.

Causes of Prolapse

  • Childbirth
  • Obesity
  • Chronic coughing
  • Past surgery of the pelvic floor
  • Neurological diseases

Stages of Prolapse

Stage 1 – A very minor prolapse. The pelvic organs are still very well-supported by the ligaments in the pelvis.
Stage 2 - The pelvic organs are not as well supported by the muscles and have begun to drop downwards. At this stage the organs are still inside the vagina.
Stage 3 - The pelvic organs are beginning to protrude towards or just below the opening of the vagina.
Stage 4 - The pelvic organs protrudes entirely outside of the vaginal opening.

Pelvic floor exercises are often recommended as a method of pelvic health maintenance. An increase in pelvic strength can support the entire pelvic region. Yet while pelvic floor exercises can help treat a prolapse and support the reduction of symptoms, such exercises can be difficult to execute correctly. MEDIballs Secret is a simple, affordable, speedy and flexible pelvic strength training method.

MEDIballs Secret and Prolapse

Often, women who have experienced a prolapse are eager to learn more about how increased pelvic strength and MEDIballs Secret can support their pelvic health.

First and foremost, women who are concerned about a possible prolapse or the status of an already treated prolapse, should consult their preferred medical professional. However, should a medical recommendation include pelvic strengthening exercises, MEDIballs Secret can assist.

MEDIballs Secret works to support women who have experienced prolapse by assisting with effective pelvic floor exercises that deliver speedy results. Overall pelvic strength can effectively support weak parts present within the pelvic area.

Frequently, those who suffer with bladder prolapse find that they are woken during the night by the constant urge to relieve their bladder. MEDIballs Secret is safe to train with during the day and at night. As a result, those who are challenged by restless nights triggered by prolapse can support their bladder by sleeping with MEDIballs Secret inserted. Training with MEDIballs Secret can support the bladder so that the bladder does not feel full prematurely. Sleeping with MEDIballs Secret can assist in a continuous nights sleep and work to decrease the frequency of frustrating bladder interruptions.

It is important to note that training with MEDIballs Secret should not be uncomfortable or cause pain. If training with the MEDIballs Secret causes either sensation, cease training and consult your preferred healthcare professional.

 

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  1. Pelvic Organ Prolapse. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://uvahealth.com/services/womens-health/women-continence-pelvic/pelvic-conditions/pelvic-organ-prolapse