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Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Prevention

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 include:

  • Reaching and staying at a weight that is healthy for your height.
  • Not smoking. The chronic cough associated with smoking may cause or speed pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Correcting 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: 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 information.
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