June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Awareness Month!


Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) affects millions of women, resulting from weakened pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues, which allow the bladder, uterus, or rectum to bulge into the vagina. Factors contributing to this condition include genetic predispositions to weaker connective tissue, childbirth trauma, and other health conditions like chronic constipation or persistent coughing that exert excessive strain on the pelvic floor.

Understanding prevention, early detection, and treatment is vital. While we can't alter genetic risks, adopting certain lifestyle choices can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing POP and help manage symptoms. Here are four proactive ways to minimize your risk:

  1. Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles: Regular Kegel exercises are crucial. Contract and relax your pelvic muscles for up to 10 seconds each, repeating 8-12 times, three times daily.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess weight increases pressure on pelvic muscles. Maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and stay active with exercises like walking or swimming.
  3. Avoid Heavy Lifting: Lifting heavy objects can weaken pelvic muscles. Use proper techniques, such as bending at the knees and keeping your back straight.
  4. Cultivate Good Bladder and Bowel Habits: Avoid straining during bowel movements. Maintain a high-fiber diet, stay well-hydrated, and ensure proper posture on the toilet to minimize pressure on pelvic organs.

By integrating these measures into your daily routine, you can uphold the integrity of your pelvic floor and significantly lower the risk of POP. Spread awareness during Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month to promote better pelvic health.


Want to Know More About Your Pelvic Floor Health?

Check out YourPelvicFloor.org for more information! This dedicated website brings together a wealth of health topics, publications, patient leaflets, patient stories, events, and other resources, all available for free in over 25+ languages. Both patients and practitioners have checked the information provided to ensure it is accurate and easy to understand.