First Aid for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more pelvic organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum,
descend from their normal positions and bulge into the vagina. Most medical doctors will recommend
hysterectomy for women and then “tack” up the bladder and/or rectum. The use of the “sling” has been
shown to be ineffective in the majority of women. So anything we can do to protect and maintain the
health of the vaginal wall is crucial to our health.
While natural treatments maynot “cure” pelvic organ prolapse, we know from personal experiences that
they can provide relief. Here are some natural approaches that may be helpful:
- Pelvic floor exercises: Regularly performing pelvic floor exercises which include inversion practice
(get your feet elevated in an inversion table or against the wall, band exercises, siting on a ball
and balance poses. Avoid pushing and pulling exercise and learn to walk correctly. There are
pelvic floor physical therapists or specialists available so ask for a referral from your medical
- Healthy weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the strain on the pelvic
floor and potentially alleviate symptoms. Go to work on your diet and turn it into a “live-it” by
eating only fresh and whole foods. Remember, it’s not what you are eating, it is what’s eating
- Constipation: Straining with bowel movements and having a heavy intestines will put pressure
of your organs and glands, so add fiber and fluid to your routine. Never go a day with out
eliminating waste and try colon cleansing if required. Additionally, reducing caffeine and
carbonated drinks may help minimize bladder irritation.
- Vaginal pessary: A pessary is a removable device that is inserted into the vagina to provide
support to the pelvic organs. It can help alleviate symptoms and reduce the impact of prolapse
on daily activities. Consult with a healthcare provider to determine the appropriate type and fit
for your situation. They don’t work for everyone, but give it a try.
- Avoiding heavy lifting and straining: Activities that place excessive pressure on the pelvic floor,
such as heavy lifting, or repetitive high-impact exercises, may exacerbate symptoms. It’s
important to avoid these activities or learn proper techniques to reduce the strain on the pelvic
- Herbal remedies: Some herbal remedies, such as red clover, black cohosh, or dong quai, have
been traditionally used to support women’s reproductive health. Use other herbs to strengthen
the tissues such as white oak bark, oatstraw, skullcap and lobelia.
Remember, natural treatments may not be sufficient for severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse. It’s
essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss appropriate
treatment options, which may include physical therapy, pessary use, or surgical interventions. (but only as last resort)