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  1. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Medications

    While taking or applying the hormone estrogen will not cure an existing pelvic organ prolapse, it is sometimes prescribed for women during menopause to preserve or strengthen the tissues of the pelvis, which may help prevent prolapse.

  2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - What Happens

    The pelvic organs are kept in place by the muscles and connective tissues of the pelvis (pelvic diaphragm). The vagina of an adult woman is normally a round - topped, muscular tube that supports other pelvic organs.

  3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Other Treatment

    You may be able to relieve symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse by using a pessary. A pessary is a removable device that fits into your vagina and supports the pelvic organs, helping to keep them in place.

  4. Vaginal Pessaries

    A vaginal pessary is a removable device placed into the vagina. It is designed to support areas of pelvic organ prolapse.There are a variety of pessaries available, made of rubber, plastic, or silicone - based material. Among common types of pessaries are the inflatable, the doughnut, and the Gellhorn.Your health professional will fit your pessary to hold the pelvic organs in position without ...

  5. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Health Tools

    An interactive health tool about whether to have surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.

  6. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - What Increases Your Risk

    Pelvic organ prolapse is often related to stretching and pressure during pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. It is rare in women who have never had children. Pelvic organ prolapse most often appears during menopause, as pelvic tissues damaged during childbe

  7. Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Symptoms

    Although many women who have pelvic organ prolapse do not have symptoms, the most common and bothersome symptom is bulging of the uterus or other organs into the vagina.

  8. Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence

    Three types of behavioral methods are used to treat urinary incontinence: bladder training (for urge incontinence) and timed voiding and prompted voiding (for functional incontinence).Bladder trainingBladder training (also called bladder retraining) is used to treat urge incontinence. Bladder training attempts to increase how long you can wait before having to urinate. You are taught about the ...

  9. Total Incontinence - Topic Overview

    Total incontinence is the continuous and total loss of urinary control. One cause of total incontinence is neurogenic bladder, a neurological problem that prevents the bladder from emptying properly. Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders that affect nerve function can also lead to total incontinence. Total incontinence in women can also be caused by a vesicovaginal fistula, an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and the vagina.TreatmentTotal incontinence is usually treated by using a thin tube (catheter) to empty the bladder regularly. This is called intermittent self-catheterization.Absorbent products such as pads or disposable underwear are usually used when other methods of treating incontinence have failed or cannot be used. These methods don't treat the incontinence but may make it possible to manage the problem.

  10. Retropubic Suspension for Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Retropubic suspension surgery is used to treat urinary incontinence by lifting the sagging bladder neck and urethra that have dropped abnormally low in the pelvic area.

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