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Natural Treatments for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Posted by: Garden of Life on Friday, October 26, 2012
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.

 

·         Exercise

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Comments

Me commented on Friday, February 14, 2014
Thanks! This sounds a lot better than surgery. Nice to finally hear about something natural.
Bettye Ballard commented on Monday, February 24, 2014
Unfortunately there are no natural treatments for severe POP. A pessary may or may not work in those cases.
victoria m cozzetto commented on Sunday, March 16, 2014
any info on this subject would be good. thanks.
linda smith commented on Sunday, March 23, 2014
I was told by my physician to undergo surgery seven years ago. I declined because I had heard terrifying testimony from women who had surgery.
Then my doctor advised I get a pessary. When I went to get fitted, I and the nurse understood that inserting that hard thing into my vagina would just worsen the situation.I have since then read the book by Christine Kent and followed her advise and I feel great.
Buy her book and follow what she says. She is a nurse and she had the problem. She undervent surgery for uterus prolapse and was worse off. All her other organs prolapsed. She is a survivor and her book can save any woman a lot of misery.
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beulah commented on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
hi, i have had a severe vaginal prolapse for nearly two years, and was fitted with a pessary last year which i managed to tolerate for about three months before i asked my gp to remove it, as although it did support my prolapse successfully, i felt as though it was giving me stomach ache and was afraid that it may have been causing some other internal damage. anyway after its removal my prolapse returned after a few weeks so i had to try something else. i had suffered with constipation, piles and a general sluggish feeling in my digestive system, with increasingly worsening period pain and hormonal imbalance at the time of my period, so i decided to take the drastic action for me of cutting out all red meat and poultry. well almost immediately i started to feel so much better, and my prolapse seemed to correct itself! my constipation, and piles have gone and i no longer strain when going to the toilet. it has been about six weeks since i changed my diet, and overall i have felt at least 70% better. my prolapse did return once my period began again and i again felt pretty unwell, but after my period ended and my hormones settled down again my prolapse symptoms once again eased almost entirely, which was not the case before changing my diet. i have had to understand nutrition to make sure i am getting everything that i need in my diet, so am still eating fish, eggs and dairy products, and eating lots more veg, nuts, seed and oats and supplementing it with a multi vitamin tablet each day as well as including flax seed in my diet. i would recommend any woman to change their diet if they eat meat, and see if it helps them. eventually, once i am completely confident i understand what non meat foods can provide all the nutrients i need to maintain good health, i aim to cut out dairy also, but am overjoyed with the results i have had so far!
Anne M.N. commented on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Several years ago I my uterus prolapsed as a result of heavy bleeding during the perimenopausal years. I was able to avoid a hysterectomy and fully correct my dropped uterus (almost to the opening of the vagina) through acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Changes happened rapidly and within two weeks my uterus was practically back in place. More acupuncture and herbs and it was back to normal in about a month. I have not had a period in about three years and again I discovered my uterus prolapsing and as well, my bladder pushing into the vagina and pushing tissue outside of my body. Rather alarming! Again, back to acupuncture and herbs and two days later the uterus was almost back in place and in 4 days I no longer feel like I am sitting on an egg. Will continue with the treatment until all is back to normal. Acupuncture and the corresponding herbs is a dramatic, safe, fast and extremely effective cure!
Patricia C. commented on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Could you please tell me the type of herbs that you used along with your acupuncture and where did you have the acupuncture done on your body?

Thanks so much for the info!
Anne M.N. commented on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Patricia,

I don't know what herbs were used as it was a prescription filled by the acupuncturist or at the Chinese medicine pharmacy. Acupuncture was done in varying places on the body, depending upon where the source of the prolapse was. TCM (traditional chinese medicine) views the body system very differently from Western medicine. I do know that the formula first given was an old standard formula. But my second formula is different, as I am not bleeding and have different issues. I suggest finding a qualified acupuncturist to help you. Again I'll add that the treatment has been remarkable effective. Good luck!
Susie S. commented on Thursday, August 20, 2015
To Ann M.N.: I too desperately need this information. My prolapse is causing great disruption to my life. Can you tell us about the herbs and acupuncture? THANKS SO MUCH.
Anne M.N. commented on Friday, August 21, 2015
I have used acupuncture for many conditions over many many years and find that it works for me much better than Western medicine. I have bad side effects from most medicine, so herbs are always a first choice for me. I first discovered acupuncture in 1980. I have tried using herbs, mostly Western herbs, on my own and am successful for small problems. But when self treatment isn't working, I go to the acupuncturist. It is so different than our Western approach, that I am not sure how to self treat with their herbs and am unable to actually use the needles.

Needles generally do not hurt. Occasionally they can be felt going in, but I have never felt them like a Western medical shot or drawing of blood. The treatment and the herbs are tailored for your own unique situation through the reading of pulses, looking at the tongue, symptoms, etc. There are many great sites on the internet about acupuncture.

As I said, treatment is very individualized. There are varying reasons why someone has prolapse in addition to the generalized TCM view. Herbs that work for it before menopause may not be appropriate for after menopause, etc. etc. TCM is so much more holistic than Western medicine. It is not a one size fits all approach.

Here is a site that talks about how Traditional Chinese Medicine views prolapse of organs:
http://chinesemedicinesalon.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-treat-internal-prolapsed-organs.html

I personally find that going to a Westerner trained in TCM is better than a Chinese TCM practitioner. The Westerners tend to explain things to you so that you are able to understand this approach better. It's a big leap from Western medicine.

I would also say that this prolapse is taking longer than the first time. It is a second time, I'm older, I'm after periods, have experienced two years of extreme stress from a car accident and a family member's illness and death, all of which means I am more fatigued physically and mentally and muscles are weaker. However there is steady progress. TCM is not the magic bullet approach.

Hope this helps and good luck!
Susie S. commented on Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thanks a bunch, Anne! I will look into this for sure.

I hope your prolapse heals quickly. I have a therapist working on healing scar tissue--Integrative Manual Therapy. So far I have been able to empty my bladder more quickly, but I think I need more.

Susie

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