Pelvic Organ Collapse:
Pelvic organ collapse, also known as pelvic organ prolapse, occurs when the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs weaken or stretch, causing one or more of the organs (such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum) to drop from their normal position. This can result in uncomfortable symptoms like pressure, urinary incontinence, and even difficulties with bowel movements.
A vaginal pessary is a removable medical device that is inserted into the vagina to provide support for pelvic organs and alleviate the symptoms of pelvic organ collapse. It essentially acts as a supportive scaffold, helping to lift and position the organs back into their natural place. This can significantly improve comfort, alleviate pressure, and enhance overall quality of life for women experiencing pelvic organ collapse.
Benefits of Pelvic Floor Exercises:
Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, offer a valuable and non-invasive approach to improving pelvic health. These exercises target the muscles that support the pelvic organs, promoting strength and resilience. Regular practice of pelvic floor exercises can bring about numerous benefits:
Prevent and Manage Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can help prevent the onset or progression of pelvic organ collapse by providing essential support to the organs.
Improved Bladder and Bowel Control: Pelvic floor exercises can enhance urinary and fecal continence, reducing incidents of leakage and incontinence.
Enhanced Sexual Well-Being: A strong pelvic floor contributes to improved sexual sensation and satisfaction for women.
Reduced Back Pain: Strong pelvic muscles can help alleviate lower back pain and discomfort.
Postpartum Recovery: Pelvic floor exercises are particularly beneficial for postpartum women, aiding in the recovery of pelvic muscle tone after childbirth.
Performing Pelvic Floor Exercises:
Pelvic floor exercises are simple to perform and can be seamlessly integrated into your daily routine:
Identify the Muscles: Begin by identifying your pelvic floor muscles. Imagine stopping the flow of urine or tightening the muscles you would use to prevent passing gas.
Correct Technique: Lie down, sit, or stand comfortably. Inhale deeply, then as you exhale, gently contract your pelvic floor muscles. Focus on lifting and squeezing, without engaging your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs.
Hold and Release: Hold the contraction for a count of 5, then release for a count of 5. Gradually increase the duration of both the hold and release as your muscles become stronger.
Frequency: Aim for 3 sets of 10 repetitions each day. Be patient; it may take a few weeks to notice significant improvements.
Consistency: Consistency is key. Incorporate pelvic floor exercises into your routine to maintain and enhance pelvic health.
By embracing pelvic floor exercises and considering options such as a vaginal pessary under the guidance of Emma our Urogynaecologist specialist nurse, women can take proactive steps toward improving pelvic organ support and overall well-being.