Plenty of women experience pelvic organ prolapse throughout their lives. In fact, 3.3 million women in just the U.S. as of 2010 were reported suffering from this condition, as noted by the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. While medical intervention such as surgery and medication can improve the severity of the condition, surgery is invasive and complications may occur. With medications, side effects are possible. However, a natural method of treatment is available, and it’s known as PeriCoach.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that occurs when the organs in the pelvic region–the uterus, urethra, bladder, small intestines and rectum–fall out of their original place. The organs drop into the vagina because of the pelvic floor muscles weakening and becoming unable to support the organs in this region. This leads to symptoms such as discomfort during sexual intercourse and stress urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is when a woman has bladder leakage when she laughs, coughs, sneezes, exercises or places stress on the bladder in another matter.
What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
The main culprit of pelvic organ prolapse is childbirth. During the delivery process, when a woman pushes, she puts stress on these muscles. This has the potential to damage them, making them unable to support the pelvic organs. Even if a woman has a cesarean section, commonly referred to as a C-section, she’s still at risk because pregnancy in general will cause the condition. Menopause will cause this condition as well due to the hormonal changes.
How to Correct Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Doctors will prescribe medications to treat the symptoms. However, these drugs are ineffective at treating stress urinary incontinence since they’re designed to treat urinary incontinence for other reasons. Vaginal creams exist to treat the symptoms as well, but creams are messy and aren’t always effective, either. Treating pelvic organ prolapse consists of creating a sling from a woman’s natural tissue or via a mesh sling. Between the risks of these options as well as how they’re not always a long-term solution, these options aren’t always the best course of action.
Kegel exercises, however, are a natural method of treating pelvic organ prolapse. The exercises consist of a woman contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are the same ones a woman tightens and relaxes during urination. By working these muscles, it strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, which leads to them being able to better support the organs in the pelvic area. Ultimately, this reduces the prevalence of urinary stress incontinence. To monitor progress and help a woman perform the exercises properly, women can use PeriCoach. This treatment consists of a sensor that’s placed into the vagina that detects how a woman is performing the exercises and encouraging her to continue doing the kegels.