Prior to having children, pelvic organ prolapse was something that I was completely unfamiliar with. Two kids later and I’m dealing with a rectocele (rectum) and a cystocele (bladder). Sorry men, this might be TMI for you. Thankfully, I’ve found a few ways to manage these issues with the help of a some exercise and supplements.
Thanks to Lovebug Probiotics for making this discussion possible.
Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Small Bowel
A rectocele occurs when the tissues and muscles that hold the end of the large intestine (rectum) in place are stretched or weakened. This can allow the rectum to move from its natural position and press against the back wall of the vagina. Sometimes the tissues separating the two are so weak that the rectum bulges into the back wall of the vagina. (source: WebMD)
A bladder prolapse (cystocele) occurs when the tissues and muscles that hold the bladder in place are stretched or weakened. This causes the bladder to move from its normal position and press against the wall of the vagina, forming a bulge. (source: WebMD)
Pelvic organ prolapse is extremely uncomfortable I have found a few ways to manage it and even improve the feeling of pressure down there.
- Kegel Exercises – daily Kegels (as recommended by my doctor) help to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis.
- Drink Lots of Fluids – increasing my fluids helps gets things flowing better.
- High Fiber Foods – Eating high fiber foods in conjunction with the increased fluids is a great way to prevent constipation.
- Daily Probiotics – Keeping up on my daily Lovebug Probiotics helps improved my digestive health and keeps me from being constipated. The pills are easy to swallow and have no funny aftertaste. Probiotics help fill your gut with gut-friendly bacteria, which it might be lacking.
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