How can I prevent pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. William Rush explains how to prevent pelvic organ prolapse. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


While pelvic organ prolapse is not entirely preventable, there are some ways to decrease the chances of developing the condition, according to the Cleveland ClinicOff Site Icon:

  • Consider estrogen replacement therapy after menopause
  • Don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly, including Kegel exercises
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Use correct lifting techniques

Kegel exercises, or pelvic floor muscle exercises, are strength-building techniques that focus on muscles in the pelvic floor, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon. The NIH recommends these steps to performing these exercises:

  1. Empty your bladder
  2. Tighten the pelvic floor muscles, and hold for a count of 10
  3. Relax the muscles completely for a count of 10
  4. Do 10 repetitions, three to five times a day

To learn more about pelvic organ prolapse prevention, talk to your doctor.

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