Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Over 50% of women have some form of pelvic organ prolapse during their lives, where the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel and/or uterus) slip down. Sypmptoms include a heaviness or dragging sensation in the pelvis or back. This results from a combination of factors including pregnancy, childbirth trauma, ageing, hormonal changes around menopause, straining with constipation, heavy lifting, coughing and inappropriate exercise.
Your Pelvic Health Physiotherapist is able to offer expert pelvic floor training and give advice on lifestyle modifications and self help measures. Recent research has proven that a supervised pelvic floor muscle exercise programme, with a qualified pelvic floor Physiotherapist, will help reduce symptoms. It can also delay or prevent the need for surgery.
If you do end up having surgery, pelvic floor physiotherapy helps improve long term outcomes. Many surgeons now refer patients both prior to, and following prolapse repair surgery.