Prolapsed Uterus (cont.)
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Prolapsed Uterus Treatment
Treatment depends on how weak the supporting structures around the uterus have become.
Prolapsed Uterus Self-Care at Home
The pelvic muscles can be strengthened by performing exercise. However, most of the support defects that are evident when uterine prolapse occurs are not dependent on the strength of the pelvic musculature. Repetitive childbirth injury, as well as other factors previously listed, tears the supporting ligaments surrounding the vagina. More importantly, a strong tissue layer called endopelvic fascia is torn as the vagina is stretched by the passage of delivering babies through the vaginal canal. While contraction of the pelvic muscles may alleviate mild urinary leakage which occurs with increased intra-abdominal pressure (e.g. coughing, sneezing), such exercises will not correct any of the more profound defects associated with uterine prolapse.
Prolapsed Uterus Medications
Estrogen replacement therapy may be used to help the body strengthen the muscles in and around the vagina. Estrogen cream or suppositories inserted into the vagina help in restoring the strength and vitality of tissues in the vagina but only in selected postmenopausal women. Estrogen therapy may be contraindicated (such as in a people with certain types of cancer) and has been associated with certain health risks including increased risk of blood clots and stroke, particularly in older postmenopausal women. Estrogen therapy will not heal damaged tissues responsible for uterine prolapse.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/25/2016
Sarah Samreen, MBBS
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
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