What are the treatments for prolapse?
It can be a devastating blow to learn that you have suffered a prolapse. Indeed, living with the symptoms is certain to take its toll, both physically and emotionally. Inspiring feelings of inadequacy and self-consciousness, many times the result is anxiety or depression. This alone can have a significant impact on day-to-day life.
Worried there's nothing you can do? Well fear not, there are several different ways to treat prolapse, which vary largely depending upon the severity of it. Minor prolapse can be treated by making simple lifestyle changes; whereas more severe forms may require surgery. Pelvic floor exercise is recommended as a viable treatment option for everyone, as not only will it rebuild strength, it could also alleviate the associated symptoms and prevent the prolapse from worsening.
Different types of treatments include:
All the motivation required to shift those few extra pounds. Achieving a healthy weight will strengthen the pelvic floor and prevent your prolapse from worsening. Avoid heavy lifting and activities that put undue pressure on the abdomen.
Pelvic floor exercise
An effective way to prevent, manage and treat prolapse. Much like any other work out, pelvic floor exercise will increase tone and strength in the muscles over time. This will help to 'lift up' the prolapsed organs.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
This is sometimes offered where prolapse is attributed to the menopause. Increasing the level of oestrogen with the use of HRT may rebuild muscle strength, alleviating the symptoms and preventing the prolase from worsening. However, it carries with it a number of risks, including its worrying link to cancer.
Typically used to treat prolapses; a vaginal pessary is often employed as a temporary solution for pregnant women, women who have given birth, or those awaiting surgery. In rare cases, it will be offered as a permanent solution for those of us who do not wish to have, or are unsuitable for, surgery. Side effects may include bleeding and bladder weakness.
In cases where prolapse is extremely severe, surgery could be the best and, indeed, the only option. However, all too often we opt for surgery without being fully aware of our choices. Surgery may involve the insertion of synthetic mesh, vaginal wall repair or suspension of the prolapsed organ. In more serious cases, a hysterectomy or obliterate surgery may be performed.
It is important to explore all other options before committing to this type of treatment, because as with any kind of procedure, prolapse surgery carries with it some degree of risk. Side effects can range from bleeding/infection, constipation, damage to neighbouring organs, painful sex and problems with passing urine. Additionally, approximately 1/3 of women who have prolapse surgery may need more than one operation as there is a 25-30% chance that it could return, or a different type of prolapse could develop.
In some cases, surgery may repair pelvic prolapse, but not alleviate associated symptoms.
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