A pulling sensation in your pelvic area is usually the result of uterine prolapse -- or a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. The weakening causes your uterus to slip into the vaginal canal and often causes embarrassing urinary leakage. While many women with uterine prolapse find relief through a balanced exercise plan designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and aid weight loss, in some cases professional care is needed to relieve ulcers. Understand what exercise methods benefit uterine prolapse to ensure your well-being.
Pulling Sensation Explained
Uterine prolapse often triggers a heavy or tugging feeling in the pelvis, accompanied by other symptoms such as back pain, urine retention or the inability to control urine leakage. Some women with the condition feel as though an object is falling out of the vagina. Uterine prolapse is caused by a gradual weakening of the pelvic muscles that support your uterus. Your risk is highest for the pulling sensation as you grow older or when you lift heavy objects or give vaginal birth to a large baby.
Pelvic Strengthening Exercise
Activity that enhances the strength of the muscles in your pelvic floor -- called Kegel exercise -- is often the only treatment necessary for mild cases of uterine prolapse. Perform a Kegel routine by slowly tightening the muscles in your in pelvis as if you want to halt the flow of urine. Attempt to keep the muscles tight for several seconds and then release the pressure. Aim to exercise your pelvic muscles in sets of 10 up to four times daily for best results. Kegel exercises are effective when performed in any position, although lying down is typically the easiest for beginners. Avoid practicing Kegel exercises while urinating, which can weaken the muscles of your pelvic floor, according to Medline Plus.
Exercise for Weight Loss
Exercise that aids weight loss often benefits uterine prolapse, since women who are overweight subject their pelvic structures to increased pressure. Ask your doctor if aerobic activity for 20 to 30 minutes up to five times weekly is safe based on your age and medical background. Activities like swimming, tennis, skating and volleyball burn calories in large amounts and offer the best way to downsize safely. Aerobic workouts also decrease your risk for heart disease and cancer. A low-calorie diet to complement your exercise includes fresh fruit, vegetables, and fiber-rich whole grains.
While most symptoms of uterine prolapse remedy with exercise or other self-care methods suggested by your doctor, schedule a meeting to discuss your options if discomfort hinders your normal lifestyle. Severe cases of uterine prolapse may trigger vaginal ulcers or prolapse of your rectum or bladder.
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