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Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Medications

Although 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. Estrogen prevents drying and thinning of the vaginal tissues (vaginal atrophy) and improves your ability to effectively use a support device for your vagina (pessary).

Studies have shown that taking estrogen therapy (ET) or hormone therapy (HT) can increase risks of serious diseases. Estrogen as a low-dose vaginal cream is not thought to pose the same risks to women's health. Talk to your doctor about taking or applying estrogen.

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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with overactive bladder (OAB), ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. Are there medications I can take to treat my OAB? What side effects might the medication cause, and what can I do to help manage them? How quickly do the medications take effect? What if the medications don't work for me? Are there other treatment options? If my OAB gets better, can I stop taking the medication? Are there foods or beverages I should avoid...

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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