What is Pelvic Prolapse?
Pelvic prolapse is a hernia of the pelvic organs from their natural pelvic position. Organs such as the uterus, vaginal apex, anterior vagina or posterior vagina abnormally descend from the pelvis. In most cases, a prolapse does not require any intervention unless the patient experiences symptoms associated with the condition. In severe cases, the organ may completely protrude through the genital opening.
What Are Possible Causes?
Pregnancy and childbirth are cited as possible causes for prolapse. Pelvic floor muscles may become predisposed to decreased tone due to impaired nerve transmission during pregnancy. This leads to stretching and sagging. Other possible causes are sacral nerve disorders, diabetic neuropathy, and pelvic tumors. Chronic pulmonary disease, obesity, smoking, and constipation have also been linked to this condition. Most women suffering from prolapse have more than one of these risk factors.
What Are Symptoms of Prolapse?
Symptoms include discomfort in the lower abdomen, problems with defecation, sexual difficulties, vaginal spotting caused by ulceration of the protrusion, and a sensation of pressure or vaginal fullness. Patients may feel a bulge in the lower vagina or back pain when standing.
Pelvic muscle exercises are the best prevention for prolapse. Improving tone to the pelvic muscles helps to adequately support the organs and helps to keep them in their natural position. Kegal exercises can be done during pregnancy and after childbirth to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence. A 1998 study published in the British Medical Journal recommends that the first treatment for stress incontinence should be pelvic floor exercise and the recommendation was backed up in a 2010 study published in the British Journal of Urology International.
Why Should I Use A Kegal Device?
A Kegal exercise device is recommended in performing the exercises for many reasons. Some women are not comfortable in consulting a physician and would rather keep their condition confidential. Those who do consult a physician may still be unsure that they are correctly performing the exercises to obtain maximum results. Progress can be slow in the beginning and many will feel that it is not working. Without motivation, some will abandon their regimen before they have given the muscles adequate time to show progress.
Technology with these devices is designed to give biofeedback to ensure that the exercises are not only carried out properly but also give encouragement through monitored progress. Individuals are able to see that they have achieved results before any physical changes in the body have surfaced. The device can adjust the resistance progressively according to individual needs and progress. By monitoring even slight progress, these devices are able to adjust the regimen of used in frequency and strength to maximize the benefits and show progress much sooner than using no device. Those who need to see progress for motivation will see some degree early in the use of the device.