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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is considered the first line of treatment for prolapse. These specially trained physiotherapists will assess the status of your pelvic floor muscles and position of your pelvic organs.
Once they have determined how strong or weak your muscles are, they will guide you through an individualized exercise program to strengthen your pelvic floor, with internal feedback. You can notice a significant improvement in your prolapse symptoms by strengthening these very important muscles.
To help you get started, we've created a free video on how to do Kegels!
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a condition where the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum, small intestines) lose their support system, and gravity pulls them down into the vagina. This leaves them vulnerable to further descent and potential protrusion outside of the vagina.
Research shows a staggering 50% occurrence rate in women who have given birth vaginally. Simply put, half of all women who have given birth vaginally will experience some degree of prolapse in their lifetime.
Being diagnosed with prolapse can be shocking, surprising, devastating, and can even leave you in a state of disbelief. This is especially true if you have never heard about prolapse before. You might search the internet looking for more answers but become even more upset with all of the precautions and restrictions that are now being placed on you.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis
Feeling or seeing a bulge near the vaginal opening
Deep pain with intercourse
Incomplete emptying of bladder or bowel contents
A feeling as though your insides are falling out
Feeling as though you are sitting on ball
Needing to manually faciliate evacuating your bowels
Symptoms of Prolapse Include:
However, many women are completely asymptomatic until, one day, they feel a bulge at the vaginal opening when cleaning themselves in the shower.
It is one of the most common stories women with prolapse share: They were healthy women who exercised, ate right, and were seemingly doing all the right things. They had no pain at all, but one day, they felt something "down there" that shouldn't be there.