Pelvic organ prolapse is most often a result of tissue damage caused by labor and
childbirth. Although you may not be able to prevent the damage to your pelvic
organs caused by childbearing, you may be able to control the progression of
the prolapse. Lifestyle changes that may slow the prolapse process
Reaching and staying at a weight that is healthy for your
Not smoking. The chronic cough associated with smoking may cause
or speed pelvic organ prolapse.
constipation. The straining caused by constipation
weakens and damages the connective tissue and muscles in the pelvis.
Avoiding heavy lifting and jumping.
Doing pelvic strengthening exercises (Kegel exercises)
every day. These exercises help strengthen the muscles of the pelvis.
In this article
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this