Squatting exercises can help build muscle and play a part in staying healthy, but they also can be therapeutic for someone with bladder prolapse. If you have this condition, you need to know proper precautions to take in order to control symptoms and work out safely.
The bladder stores urine in your pelvis and is a hallow organ. When your bladder fills with urine, pressure creates an urge for you to urinate. The urine travels from your bladder and through your urethra during urination. The front wall of the vagina supports a woman's bladder, and this wall can weaken or loosen with time. Extensive deterioration may lead to the bladder prolapsing, which means the bladder descends into the vagina.There are four degrees of prolapsed bladders dependent upon how far the bladder droops into the vagina. A grade one prolapse occurs when a small portion of the bladder droops into the vagina. A grade two prolapse occurs when the bladder reaches the opening of the vagina. A grade three prolapse protrudes from the body through the vaginal opening. The most sever prolapse is considered to be a grade four, when the entire bladder protrudes outside the vagina.
Urine leakage is a common occurrence with a prolapsed bladder, as well as stress incontinence. A prolapsed bladder usually causes women to feel pressure in the vagina that feels similar to a small ball being lodged inside the vagina, and sexual function is affected. Bladder tissue that is prolapsed through the vagina, often becomes raw and painful.
A severely prolapsed bladder usually requires surgery, which is performed to secure the bladder in the correct position. An incision is made in the vaginal wall, and the prolapsed area is closed. The vaginal wall is strengthened, and, surgery will be performed while the woman is under anesthesia. Most prolapse surgeryies are performed on an out-patient basis.
Benefits of Squatting Exercises
When something happens to the pelvic floor, such as a bladder prolapse, building the pelvic muscles can help avoid further damage to the bladder. Squatting exercises encourage stretching of your pelvic floor, which may prevent prolapse from occurring, or stop progression of a prolapse that has already occurred . Squatting can be performed by women of all ages, but be careful not to strain yourself.
Living with Prolapse
Dietary changes, such as avoiding caffeine and other bladder irritants, can make living with bladder prolapse more tolerable. Eat a diet high in fiber to avoid constipation and straining. Use the bathroom often during the day and ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy, as it increases estrogen and collagen levels in the body. Avoid exercise that places extra pressure on your pelvic floor and stop smoking.