While surgery is one of the go-to methods for treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP), there are multiple natural treatments that can be used effectively to relieve symptoms without the need for invasive interventions. While surgeries can be successful in treating severe cases of POP, there are always health risks attached. In fact, one of the most common surgical treatments utilizes a surgical mesh product called transvaginal mesh
. This mesh has been linked to high numbers of health complications, some of which are irreversible. The best way to avoid a risky surgical procedure is to prevent POP or use natural treatments to mitigate its symptoms.
Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse
While there are cases in which surgery is the only option, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that eliminating uncomfortable symptoms should always be the priority, and anatomical reconstruction
should only occur when absolutely necessary. As such, the group advises that non-invasive treatments are used whenever possible to correct symptoms of POP. Most of the treatments used to treat POP can also be used to prevent the condition.
Some of the most effective natural treatments for pelvic organ prolapse include:
· Healthy Lifestyle
The most common factors leading to POP are pregnancy and childbirth. While these conditions set the stage for the weakening pelvic tissues which lead to POP, other factors can exacerbate the situation. Additional factors include smoking, chronic coughing, heavy lifting on a regular basis, prior pelvic injury, or a genetic predisposition. By eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting unhealthy habits, less strain will be placed on pelvic tissues and organs.
Regular exercise is important for overall well-being but women should integrate daily exercises known to improve pelvic floor strength. Kegel exercises are the most common exercise known to maintain pelvic floor and vaginal tone. Exercises that focus on core muscles, such as Yoga and Pilates, can also provide support for pelvic muscles.
· Pelvic Physical Therapy
Women who have more than one POP risk factor should consider consulting a pelvic physical therapist. A therapist can instruct women in additional exercises which can prevent - or reverse the symptoms of - POP. Electrical stimulation can also be used to manually exercise weakened pelvic floor and vaginal muscles. Once strength has been improved, women can continue with daily pelvic exercises on their own.
· Pelvic Massage
While best used with other exercise-based treatments, pelvic massage has been shown to realign pelvic organs, increase circulation to nourish weakened tissues and reduce inflammation.
· Vaginal Pessary
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends the use of a pessary for women who have mild to moderate cases of POP. They come in different shapes and sizes, depending on a woman's symptoms, and are custom fitted. When inserted daily, they provide support to the upper vagina and pelvic floor and have been successful at preventing women from requiring surgery. They can also prevent urinary incontinence.
The more women can do to naturally prevent and treat pelvic organ prolapse, the less likely they will be to need more invasive treatment measures, such as vaginal mesh. Many women have been negatively affected by the use of mesh products. Thousands have even filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit
to seek justice for their injuries against manufacturers of mesh. Please be sure to discuss all treatment options with a medical professional before settling on any one procedure.