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Are there any DIY at home tips or remedies for a suspected uterine prolapse? I will call the doctor, but I'm not established with anyone here and it may take a while to get in, and I'd like to feel better yesterday. I know you can do PT, get a pessary, have surgery, etc, but is there anything you can do right away at home other than accept it? I read the thread from this summer but nobody said "shove it up yourself" which I'm hoping could be a legitimate course of action, and I didn't notice any other handy tips for immediate relief. 

 

I've had a bad cold this week and I think I coughed something loose. I'm pretty sure my cervix is not where it should be. I've never been able to feel my cervix before-too high- but from the descriptions I've read about it feeling like a nose, I think it's what I feel. It's not painful but is really uncomfortable if I'm on my feet long or lift something over a couple pounds. It feels sort of like the pressure you get at the end of pregnancy, a menstrual cup is misplaced, or a tampon needs to be changed. 

 

I'm on the young side to have these problems but google has been very informative and apparently I am high risk because of some complicated births. I wish someone had told me sooner that this could happen! It's not outside my body or anything, so I think it's relatively mild; and I'm in the part of my cycle when it would be lower than normal, so maybe it'll go up some on its own soon- but I hate this. I'm afraid to walk, afraid to cough, afraid to pick up anything.... We have been hosting Thanksgiving this week so even though I'm sick I've been pretty active.

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I don't know of any DIY tips but have been there.  I chose to have a hysterectomy at 32 because my uterus was at a stage 3+ prolapse and I had adenomyosis and ovarian cysts.  It was the best choice for me but it was hard being young and making that decision.  I am glad that I did choose the hysterectomy and do feel much better.  I do still have my ovaries and still suffer from cysts but at least I only have one issue now.  I hope you get the help and direction you need- good luck.

 

 

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I have a mild prolapse, too, and I was SO freaked out about it at first, but now I rarely notice it.  One thing that might help is to wear clothing that is loose around the waist and keep your stomach muscles relaxed, don't suck in (which was a difficult habit for me to break).  Tight clothing and sucked in abs cause downward pressure in the pelvic area, and you want to avoid that.

 

Mine is definitely more noticeable at certain points in my cycle.

 

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I got this DVD (Hab It: Pelvic Floor), which shows how to do exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor.  All you need is a 10-inch, inflatable ball  and a chair (if I remember correctly)  I only did the first set of exercises for about a month, but I saw dramatic improvement.  Then, life got in the way and I fell out of the habit.  There are three sets of exercises.  I need to get back into it so I can see just how much better I can be.  

 

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Are there any DIY at home tips or remedies for a suspected uterine prolapse? I will call the doctor, but I'm not established with anyone here and it may take a while to get in, and I'd like to feel better yesterday. I know you can do PT, get a pessary, have surgery, etc, but is there anything you can do right away at home other than accept it? I read the thread from this summer but nobody said "shove it up yourself" which I'm hoping could be a legitimate course of action, and I didn't notice any other handy tips for immediate relief.

 

I've had a bad cold this week and I think I coughed something loose. I'm pretty sure my cervix is not where it should be. I've never been able to feel my cervix before-too high- but from the descriptions I've read about it feeling like a nose, I think it's what I feel. It's not painful but is really uncomfortable if I'm on my feet long or lift something over a couple pounds. It feels sort of like the pressure you get at the end of pregnancy, a menstrual cup is misplaced, or a tampon needs to be changed.

 

I'm on the young side to have these problems but google has been very informative and apparently I am high risk because of some complicated births. I wish someone had told me sooner that this could happen! It's not outside my body or anything, so I think it's relatively mild; and I'm in the part of my cycle when it would be lower than normal, so maybe it'll go up some on its own soon- but I hate this. I'm afraid to walk, afraid to cough, afraid to pick up anything.... We have been hosting Thanksgiving this week so even though I'm sick I've been pretty active.

If you can find a bit of time to lay down in the middle of the day that can help alleviate the pressure. Also some people say pelvic tilting exercises like cat cow can help but it may depend how bad it is. Also check out the Katy bowman site.

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I know someone who had quite a bad prolapse where it use to slip right out. She told me that she would spend a lot of time laying half on the floor half upside down with her legs looped over the couch. 

 

Something like a modified bridge pose from yoga helps, keep your shoulders lower ( https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/ec/be/27/ecbe279fb868b5237f920961fc53fcda.jpg )  Put a pillow under your rear to stay there longer.  It's also a good position to adjust things from.  Staying that way after adjusting seems to help things stay for a while.

 

Katy Bowman is awesome.  Some of her videos are on YouTube.  

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I'll only say that I thought I had this and it turned out to be something completely different.  I basically had a very very swollen and infected gland down there.  Ultimately, that was not a big deal.  After a round of antibiotics and a bit of time that went away and I was fine.  The symptoms were pretty much exactly the same.

 

 

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You can push it back up, but unfortunately, you're probably going to need to see a doctor soon.My gynecologist and even a pelvic floor specialist have said that there are no amount of Kegels or exercises that will help certain prolapses. I have great pelvic muscle tone, I've been told, but I still have a prolapsed bladder, bowel and uterus. Surgery is going to be my only option, and I've already been warned by the gynecologist that my particular surgery will be pretty involved and require a long recovery, so I'm putting it off until I absolutely must have it done. :( 

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The good news is that, in my experience, while I have had periods of time when it is exceptionally awful, it reverts back to not bothersome.  There are exercises but NOT kegels. (I can't remember what they are - I think a squat like exercise.) Mine improves of its own accord but it does seem sensitive to hormonal flux.  Make sure you aren't getting constipated and that you stay hydrated.  I can't think of anything that is immediate that can help.

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Thanks. It was almost unnoticeable yesterday. Then last night I kept coughing all night long and now it's back. I'll look up those exercise videos.

 

Sparkly, I didn't even know you had glands in there to get infected! Maybe it's a swollen gland that's related to my virus; kind of like you get swollen glands in your neck and under your arm? Hopefully...I hate going to the doctor. I don't want to go to the gyn until I can get rid of this other virus.

 

 

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I did nothing about it except exercises as mentioned above. My ob/gyn said he had a patient who waited until it was outside of her body, all the time, before she got surgery.

In my case, it never got that bad where it was like outside of the body, but bulging and threatening to. I know TMI. 

Make sure you are not constipated, drink plenty of fluids. Lose weight if needed. 

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As others have said, check out Katy Bowman. www.healthymovingcom has a pelvic floor course that's great too and fairly easy to implement (she's a Katy Bowman trainee). I had noticeably fewer issues with pressure and sneeze peeing my last 2 pregnancies after starting those exercises. Katy Bowman says it is possible to correct pelvic floor disorders without surgery. She also says it's possible to correct a diastasis recti without surgery and I've done it...had a 4.5 finger-width one after my 4th and it's closed now through doing the exercises she recommends...so I don't have any trouble believing that prolapses are correctable too.

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Also, surgery is not a guaranteed fix or a guarantee that you won't have pelvic floor issues in the future, because the underlying pressure and alignment issues that caused it aren't addressed. My mom had a hysterectomy several years ago because of prolapse issues..she thought it would correct her pelvic floor issues but it did not.

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