Source: Prolapsed Uterus
All women are at risk of suffering from a uterine prolapse wherein the uterus is misplaced and descends into the vaginal canal. This is caused by the weakening of the pelvic muscles, ligaments, and tissues that are supposed to hold them in place. Some severe complications may result from a uterine prolapse, like infection, urinary obstruction, or hemorrhage, which is why it is vital to seek medical assistance if a woman feels like she is afflicted with this condition.
In most cases, especially for mild uterine prolapse that has not yet progressed to the third or fourth stages, one of the suggested treatment is for the patient to perform a number of prolapsed uterus exercises. This will help strengthen the pelvic muscles so that the condition does not worsen.
Kegels are a popular exercise that was developed by Dr. Arnold H. Kegel.
A study by Cochrane Collaboration found that there were positive affects by doing Kegels.
Kegels are great for improving your sexual health.
One of the more popular exercises are Kegels. This was developed by gynecologist Arnold H. Kegel as non-surgical treatment of genital relaxation. Its main aim is to improve muscle control by strengthening the pubococcygeus muscles of the pelvic floor. Aside from the fact that it is used as therapy for women suffering from a prolapsed uterus, it is also very popular among pregnant women who are preparing their pelvis for the physiological stress of the later stages of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth.
A study that was carried out by the Cochrane Collaboration, an organization that carries out research regarding health care interventions, concluded that there is a direct positive effect of doing Kegels in the reduction of a prolapsed uterus’ severity.
Many women who attempt to do Kegels on their own as one of their prolapsed uterus exercises, however, don’t do it properly because they squeeze the wrong muscles. Therefore, it is valuable to work with a doctor or nurse during the first few sessions in order to learn the correct technique. Basically, the aim is to contract your pubococcygeus muscles, also known as PC muscles, and holding it for four counts before releasing. When you tense your PC muscles, you should be sure that you are not bearing down or squeezing your thighs, back, and abdominals and that you are breathing slowly and deeply.
Most health professionals further suggest that these exercises be done for five minutes twice a day. Patients need to be patient as while they are very effective, it may take some time before there is a visible difference.
The wonderful thing about Kegels is that they don’t only benefit women who do them as prolapsed uterus exercises but that there are many other advantages. It helps a lot in preventing incontinence, improves sexual health, and makes future childbirth easier by reducing the risk of tearing or needing an episiotomy.
Therefore, if you are suffering from a uterine prolapse, bladder incontinence, or concerned about ways to prevent these conditions from happening to you in the future, and looking to increase your sexual health, learning how to properly do Kegels would be a smart option for you.
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