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Mild cases of pelvic relaxation can sometimes be reversed through Kegal exercises, while severe cases usually do not respond to exercise or estrogen therapy, but usually require pessary support or surgery.
To limit stress on the pelvic support system, women are advised to maintain a normal body weight, limit heavy lifting, and avoid unnecessary straining to have bowel movements.
American Foundation for Urologic Disease. 1128 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. (800) 242-2383. <http://www.afud.org>.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 409 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20090-6920. (202) 863-2518. <http://www.acog.org>.
National Association For Continence. P.O. Box 8310, Spartan-burg, SC 29305-8310. (800) BLADDER. <http://www.nafc.org>.
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearing-house. 3 Information Way, Bethesda, MD, 20892. NIH Publication No. 97-4195. (800) 891-5390. <http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/kidney/nkudic.htm>.
Cystocele—Bulging of the bladder into the vagina.
Cystourethrocele—Bulging of the bladder neck into the vagina.
Enterocele—Bulging of the intestine into the upper part of the vagina.
Kegel exercises—Pelvic muscle exercises that strengthen bladder and bowel control.
Pessary—A device inserted into the vagina to support sagging organs.
Rectocele—Bulging of the rectum into the vaginal wall.
Uterine prolapse—Bulging of the uterus into the vagina.
Vaginal prolapse—Bulging of the top of the vagina into the lower vagina or outside the opening of the vagina.
Author Info: Ann Quigley, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2002
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