Uterine Prolapse - Symptoms, Causes and Natural Remedies
(Pelvic Floor Hernia or Prolapse of Uterus)
1. A feeling of fullness in the vagina
2. A dragging sensation or mild pain in the lower back
3. Increased frequency of urination
4. Difficulty urinating or defecating
5. A lump protruding into, or even out of, the vagina
6. Leakage of urine when laughing or coughing
Prolapse of the uterus (which usually also prolapses the vagina) is a downward displacement of the uterus and/or wall of the vagina. Both are held in place by strong pelvic muscles and ligaments. If they become weakened or stretched (often as a result of childbirth), the displacement can occur. Women who have given birth to several children or have had a difficult or prolonged labor are more likely to have a prolapse.
It is after menopause that prolapse generally occurs, as a result of lessened amounts of estrogen. Obesity, a chronic cough, asthma, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, or straining during bowel movements are other causes. Prolapse is more common in white people; the reason is not known. Most prolapses occur before the age of 55.
When the uterus drops too far, a cystocele results (the bladder bulges into the front wall of the vagina or a ureterocele; a urethra that does the same).
- Eat a nourishing diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts; include enough fiber.
- Take a multivitamin supplement. Vitamin C (2,000 mg) and bioflavonoids (100 mg) lessen bladder infections.
- Calcium (1,200 mg) and magnesium (1,000 mg) provides needed minerals to strengthen uterine support.
- Exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles can help treat a mild prolapse and prevent urinary incontinence. These are called "Kegel exercises." You can do them sitting, standing, or lying down. Do them as often as you can, at least once an hour throughout the day. To identify the proper muscle, imagine that you are urinating - and have to stop suddenly. The muscles which you feel tightening are the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. Contract (tighten) these muscles and hold for 10 seconds. Relax slowly. Repeat 5 to 10 times, as often as you can.
- Rubbing wild yam cream on the pelvic area is good; it helps to strengthen the supporting tissues.