An estimated 1 in 2 women in the US suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (either bladder, uterus or rectum).
A prolapsed bladder (also called cystocele) can cause stress incontinence, difficulty urinating, pelvic discomfort, lower back pain and painful intercouse. The symptoms of a prolapsed bladder can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life.
Often the best solution for cystocele is surgery. Approximately 200,000 women undergo surgery for a prolapsed bladder each year. For women whose prolapsed bladder symptoms are mild or moderate, kegel exercises may help you avoid surgery.
Kegel Exercises for a Prolapsed Bladder
The best exercise for a prolapsed bladder are kegel exercises. Kegel exercises help create a strong pelvic floor, which will hold your bladder in place and prevent it from falling.
- Finding the right muscles is the first step to correctly performing kegel exercises. To get a feel for the right muscles, stop your urine midstream. The muscles you use to stop your urine are the same muscles used to do kegel exercises.
- Next, practice tightening and releasing those muscle. Tighten the muscle for 5 second and then release for 5 seconds. Repeat this 10 times.
- Complete kegel exercises three times a day. You should see improvement in 3-6 weeks. Some women see improvement even earlier.
If you’re still having problems after consistently doing kegel exercises, you can see a physical therapist who specializes in the pelvic floor. A physical therapist can lead you through additional exercises that will help strengthen your pelvic floor. These may include kegel exercises and core work.
Physical therapists who specialize in the pelvic floor often have biofeedback machines that monitor the muscles in your pelvic floor so that you know if you are using the right muscles when doing pelvic floor exercises. This helps improve the results of the exercises.
If bladder prolapse is affecting your quality of life, call the caring staff at Alarcon Urology to schedule an appointment today. They can help you decide on the best option for treatment.