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Can jumping around during aerobics make a prolapsed bladder worse?

By Expert HERWriter January 30, 2009 - 9:27am
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A woman recently asked me if jumping up and down during her aerobics classes could make her prolapsed bladder worse. I'm honestly not sure. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!

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The short answer is yes, it may be possible, from what I have read and from what friends who suffer from this have told me. Vigorous exercising like aerobics can actually increase a prolapsed bladder's tendency to dip downwards and that's the last thing someone suffering from this would want.

What this kind of exercise can also do is increase the symptoms and irritate the bladder and vaginal area even more.

A prolapsed bladder is essentially when the pelvic muscles that support the bladder and vagina are weakened, usually due to menopause, aging and/or childbirth. The weakened bladder therefore "sinks" down toward and into the vaginal area, causing discomfort, urine leakage and sometimes painful sex. Vigorous exercises like aerobics may exacerbate the pain and discomfort and can definitely cause a person to accidentally urinate. Some women prefer to change to a different form of exercise until the condition has been fixed, like Kegal exercises if the issue is mild, surgery for a seriously prolapsed bladder or the insertion of a pessary via the vagina (that can be removed)- this keeps the bladder in place fairly well. It all depends on the seriousness of the prolapse.

The best thing a woman can do is as many Kegal exercises as possible. The good thing about Kegals is that you can do them driving, having dinner or while chatting over a cup of coffee. No-one knows anything! Kegal exercises are the exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that are often affected by aging and childbearing. For step by step instruction on how to do Kegal exercises, click here: http://sexuality.about.com/od/anatomyresponse/ht/kegelswomen.htm

Also something for this woman to consider is Yoga, which is believed to be an excellent way to help strengthen pelvic muscles and additionally is a low impact way to exercise the entire body. Pilates is another good exercise. Posture is everything, when dealing with a prolapsed bladder.

I would chose one of these options, rather than aerobics, until the problem has been fixed - which hopefully it will be.

I hope this helps.

January 30, 2009 - 2:37pm
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