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Does Prolapse ever go away?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that affects many women, especially those who have gone through childbirth, menopause, or have engaged in heavy lifting. It occurs when the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, descend into or outside of the vaginal canal due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue. This can lead to discomfort, urinary and bowel issues, and a feeling of heaviness in the pelvic area.

Can Prolapse Go Away on Its Own?

The short answer is: it’s complicated. Prolapse can vary in severity, and in mild cases, symptoms might improve or even resolve with appropriate lifestyle changes and treatments. However, a complete and permanent “disappearance” of prolapse without any intervention is rare.

For many women, the condition is chronic, meaning it needs ongoing management. Factors that can influence the course of prolapse include:

  • Severity of the Prolapse: Mild cases are more likely to see improvement with non-surgical interventions compared to more severe cases.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Avoiding heavy lifting, managing chronic cough or constipation, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the strain on pelvic floor muscles.
  • Hormonal Changes: Estrogen changes between pre & post menopause impacts pelvic floor tissue strength and elasticity.

 

The Role of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy 

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy aimed at strengthening and improving the function of the pelvic floor muscles. It’s a crucial non-surgical intervention for managing prolapse symptoms and can significantly enhance the quality of life for affected individuals.

Benefits of Pelvic Floor PT:

  1. Strengthening Muscles: Targeted exercises, such as Kegels, can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, providing better support for pelvic organs and potentially reducing the severity of prolapse.
  2. Improving Function: PT can help improve bladder and bowel function, reducing symptoms like incontinence and constipation.
  3. Pain Management: Techniques used in pelvic floor PT can alleviate pelvic pain associated with prolapse.
  4.  Education and Empowerment: Patients learn about their condition and how to manage it effectively through lifestyle changes and exercises.

Many women report significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life with consistent pelvic floor PT. For some, it can mean avoiding or delaying the need for surgical intervention. 

If you suspect you have prolapse or are experiencing symptoms, schedule a FREE Phone call with one of our pelvic floor PT’s to discuss your symptoms and see how we can help!