Pelvic Organ Prolapse (cont.)
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Pelvic organ prolapse is most often a result of tissue damage caused by labor and childbirth. Although you may not be able to prevent the damage to your pelvic organs caused by childbearing, you may be able to control the progression of the prolapse. Lifestyle changes that may slow the prolapse process include:
The hormone estrogen is sometimes prescribed for women during menopause to preserve or strengthen the tissues of the pelvis. Estrogen may be used in pill form, as estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) or as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is estrogen combined with progesterone. Studies have shown that taking ERT or HRT can increase risks of serious diseases. Estrogen is also available as a low-dose vaginal cream, ring, or vaginal tablets. These low-dose forms are not thought to have the same risks. Talk to your doctor about taking or applying estrogen.
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