Can Kegel Exercises Really Help with Incontinence?
For many mild cases, treatments to strengthen pelvic floor muscles may be enough to limit symptoms of prolapse. In this light, Kegel exercises are a great method to increase your pelvic support. To perform Kegel exercises, you need to squeeze the pelvic floor muscles that you would use if you were trying to hold back urine or trying to stop urinating when your bladder was only partly empty. Most doctors advise women with pelvic muscle weakness to tighten these muscles and hold them tight for a few seconds at a time. Repeat the exercise ten times in each session and do approximately four sessions each day. Over time, most women notice improvement in bladder control and may have less pain or fewer symptoms.
Your doctor can insert a rubbery, ring-shaped device called a pessary into the upper portion of your vagina. Pessaries can help to prop up the uterus and bladder and prevent them from sagging into the vagina. They are removable so they can be washed periodically.
On the other hand, a prolapsed bladder or uterus may still be corrected with surgery, which can be done through the vagina or the abdomen. The procedure that is chosen depends on the woman’s age, severity of the symptoms, medical history, desire for future fertility and desire to be able to have sex. The goals are to restore normal anatomy, relieve symptoms, restore normal bowel and bladder function, and restore the ability to have sex.
When To Call Your Doctor
Prolapse of the pelvic organs is usually non-threatening. It is highly recommended to get in touch with your physician for a check-up if you are having bothersome symptoms, and you suspect you might have this problem. It is also important to report changes in urinary symptoms to your doctor, since urinary infections are a possible complication of prolapse.