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Is it ever too late or are you too old to start kegel exercises? Even after a hystorectomy can you have prolapse again?

By Anonymous November 5, 2009 - 1:46pm
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Age 56 and have had hystorecomy and bladder reconstruction surgery. I have a fear of a vaginal prolapse again. Is that possible? What preventives, such as kegel exercises can I do to prevent any prolapse? Thank you for your help.

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This is a great question!

Women are generally never "too old" to begin kegel exercises, and these exercises are recommended to help strengthen and support the organs in the pelvic area. It is important that you speak with your doctor first before starting any new treatment or prevention regimen. So, to answer your question: yes, kegel exercises can help to prevent recurring prolapse, even after hysterectomy.

Other general prevention tips (for vaginal prolapse) include:
* Do Kegel exercises regularly, especially before and after childbirth.
* Avoid constipation.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
* If you smoke, quit. Smoking may cause chronic coughing and weakening of
* Limit heavy lifting.
* Avoid birth canal trauma at childbirth.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has produced a helpful online brochure, discussing prolapse...the different types, areas and severity, as well as treatment and prevention options: ACOG: Pelvic Support Problems.

November 5, 2009 - 2:07pm
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