What is Uterine Prolapse?
When the Pelvic floor muscles and ligaments become stretched and weakened to the point where they can no longer offer proper support for the uterus, Uterine Prolapse can result. Consequently, the uterus either drops into the vagina or protrudes. After menopause, women who have had one or more vaginal deliveries are the ones who are most likely to get Uterine Prolapse. In most cases, therapy is not necessary for mild cases of Uterine Prolapse. However, treatment may be beneficial for cases of Uterine Prolapse that result in discomfort or interfere with everyday life.
Uterine Prolapse is one variation of Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ Prolapse is a struggle experienced by a small percentage of postpartum women. This condition occurs when one or more pelvic organs drop from their usual position into the vaginal canal. Pelvic organ Prolapse, a common complication of pregnancy, can happen with vaginal and cesarean birth. It can significantly impede a woman’s ability to live a normal life.
Uterine Prolapse may increase if you are overweight, have super sized babies or are pushing too hard during labor. The risk can also be elevated when there are more than 1 perineal tears.
What are the 3 Types of Prolapse after Childbirth
As numerous organs are within the Pelvic region, Pelvic organ Prolapses exist. These are the most common types of Pelvic organ prolapse following childbirth:
- Cystocele Prolapse occurs as the bladder descends and presses against the anterior vaginal wall.
- Rectocele Prolapse occurs when the rectum descend and presses against the vaginal wall.
- Uterine Prolapse happens when the uterus and cervix drop into the vaginal canal.
What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
The Pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscle that hold your Pelvic organs in place. During pregnancy, the muscles on the Pelvic floor can weaken, leading to a wide range of painful Pelvic pain symptoms.
Pain in the pelvis and pressure in the vagina are signs of Pelvic organ Prolapse. Most importantly, you may feel like something is pushing into or out of your vaginal canal.
A weak pelvic floor can also cause incontinence of the bladder or bowels or pain during sexual activity after giving birth. Most of the time, Pelvic Organ Prolapse is at its worst right after giving birth and gets better over time as the Pelvic floor heals.
A women’s physio is who you need to help your patient along. Acupuncture is also very useful especially if you are not getting much traction with Physiotherapy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Acupuncture helps to improve circulation in the pelvic floor while also toning the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Is Uterine Prolapse Normal?
Many women who have recently given birth experience Prolapse symptoms. There are, however, additional reasons, such as family history, obesity, and medical disorders.
Prolapse may happen after birth, and is more likely to happen later in life for those women who have given birth before,
If you are experiencing Postpartum Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Uterine Prolapse, you can take comfort in the fact that it is common and treatable. You now know the two people you would want to see – a women’s physio and an acupuncturist!
Symptoms of Uterine Prolapse
One of the most prominent signs of Postpartum Prolapse is the sensation that something is protruding from the vaginal entrance. Signs of Prolapse include the following:
- Vaginal pressure
- Pain during sex
- Pressure in your vagina
- Low backache
- Pelvic pain
- Incapacity to evacuate the bowels or bladder
- Distended abdomen
Home Treatments for Prolapsed Uterus
Milder cases of Prolapse after childbirth can typically be repaired with frequent physiotherapy and exercise. If you have given birth vaginally, you may already have Uterine Prolapse. You may need to urinate frequently, leak a few drops of urine when you run, cough, or experience hip or back pain. Whether or not you are feeling symptoms, it is essential to protect your Pelvic floor to prevent mild Prolapse from worsening. Here are your options:
- Kegel exercises assist in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.
- Estrogen substitution therapy
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Bring chronic cough (if existing) under control
- Consume a high-fiber diet
- Get constipation under control
- Use the proper position and technique for bowel evacuation
- Control your weight
- Exercise regularly
What Soma Clinic Offers for Postpartum Uterine Prolapse
We employ Acupuncture therapy to treat Postpartum Uterine Prolapse. The mother’s spirit is brought more powerfully back to her center through this treatment for Postpartum Uterine Prolapse. Because Acupuncture is particularly effective, the Soma Clinic now provides Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy to patients. After receiving Acupuncture treatment, the number of patients diagnosed with Uterine Prolapse dropped from 15 to 7.
To wrap up
The increased strain on your Pelvic region during pregnancy causes the muscles and tissues that support it to become more stretched out and less strong. This burden is made even more intense throughout childbirth, and one of the potential outcomes is Prolapse. This occurs when your Pelvic organs protrude into your vaginal canal. There is a possibility that you will experience the sensation of something protruding from the opening of your vagina.
Many people are fortunate in that their prolapse can repair itself with time. It is possible that lifestyle changes, including going on a diet, doing Kegel exercises, and getting hormone therapy, could help treat your Prolapse.
In most cases, a Physiotherapist will treat the condition; however, if you decide to see an Acupuncturist, we can directly stimulate the muscles that make up the Pelvic floor, hence facilitating your rate of recovery.