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Dr. Stephen Richards
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Pelvic Support Problems (Overview)

Pelvic support problems is a condition in which a woman has weakness in the muscles and connective tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place. Causes can include pregnancy (especially after several pregnancies), obesity, chronic constipation, or past pelvic surgery. Symptoms can include problems with pooping or urinating, bulges in the vagina, sexual difficulties, etc...


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I want to know my options for treating pelvic support problems?

I want to know my options for treating pelvic support problems?

Pessary vs surgery: You can do kegel exercises to help lift the walls that have dropped minimally. For moderate to severe prolapse a person usually needs something mechanical done (either use a pessary or have surgery to lift the organs back into their proper position). Surgery includes using own tissue, cadaver tissue, pig tissue, suture mesh) and can be done vaginally or abdominally. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Richards
49 doctors shared insights

Pelvic Support Problems (Overview)

Pelvic support problems is a condition in which a woman has weakness in the muscles and connective tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place. Causes can include pregnancy (especially after several pregnancies), obesity, chronic constipation, or past pelvic surgery. Symptoms can include problems with pooping or urinating, bulges in the vagina, sexual difficulties, etc...


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Can pelvic heaviness be a symptom of a pelvic support problem?

Can pelvic heaviness be a symptom of a pelvic support problem?

Yes: Synptons may include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, feeling like something is falling out, leaking urine, urinary urgency, feeling like you are not empting your bladder completely, constipation, pain with intercourse , feeling like the vagina is to large during intercourse. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
Once
Have your partner get STD testing
Once
Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
Once
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How is pelvic support problems diagnosed?

How is pelvic support problems diagnosed?

Physical Exam: A thorough pelvic exam by an experienced gynecologist or urogynecologist is usually sufficient to determine the characteristics and stage of the prolapse. Treatment options depend on your goals and includes no treatment, vaginal pessaries, pelvic floor physical therapy, or surgery. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do to prevent pelvic support problems?

Kegel exercises: Frequent kegel exercises, fast, slow and holding, 50 times a day will help. Keep your weight down and your core strong so your center of gravity doesnt shift. Avoid heavy lifting that isnt necessary and dont gain too much weight during any pregnancy. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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ultrasound
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How is pelvic support problems diagnosed?

Physical Exam: A thorough pelvic exam by an experienced gynecologist or urogynecologist is usually sufficient to determine the characteristics and stage of the prolapse. Treatment options depend on your goals and includes no treatment, vaginal pessaries, pelvic floor physical therapy, or surgery. ...Read more

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Can pelvic heaviness be a symptom of a pelvic support problem?

Yes: Synptons may include pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, feeling like something is falling out, leaking urine, urinary urgency, feeling like you are not empting your bladder completely, constipation, pain with intercourse , feeling like the vagina is to large during intercourse. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating pelvic support problems?

Pessary vs surgery: You can do kegel exercises to help lift the walls that have dropped minimally. For moderate to severe prolapse a person usually needs something mechanical done (either use a pessary or have surgery to lift the organs back into their proper position). Surgery includes using own tissue, cadaver tissue, pig tissue, suture mesh) and can be done vaginally or abdominally. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do to prevent pelvic support problems?

Kegel exercises: Frequent kegel exercises, fast, slow and holding, 50 times a day will help. Keep your weight down and your core strong so your center of gravity doesnt shift. Avoid heavy lifting that isnt necessary and dont gain too much weight during any pregnancy. ...Read more

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