I have some success with using capsules of DHEA 5 mg. I open the capsule and sprinkle a third out on a surface and mix with a cream or oil and rub it inside the vagina in the morning. Put on a light pad and go about my day .( Bladder Prolapse since 2010 )
FOR ME , DHEA seems to even out other hormones and energy levels go up. Also firmer muscles.
I use a little progesterone cream on facial skin that looks aged and it looks more youthful with just a dab.( the half of a split pea for size, amount of cream) I use for outings , when I want to look my best.
MSM is also very helpful for skin, new hair growth , and muscle with VITAMIN C
My physical therapist talked me into stopping my uphill walks while going through therapy using kegals and kegals did not solve any problems . If you are already able to walk , DON'T STOP!!!
I am in my sixties and discovered that gelatin capsules are what caused my prolapse. I could not tolerate ingesting capsules. I always opened them and took the contents. When I started to use the stool softeners I had to swallow the capsule(s). I then experienced prolapse... This was just this past Dec. When I stopped using the stool softeners the prolapse began to subside. I juggle between probiotics, magnesium powder and the stool softeners. When I walk, go up and down the stairs or stand at the kitchen sink I do Kegels. I also do them when I lift ten lbs. from the floor... As you come up, tuck & squeeze your butt. I was fortunate to recognize this early enough to fix it (just a few months) so if anyone has ingested supplements in capsules for a period of time it may take longer.
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I have enjoyed reading all of the comments and have learned many things on this site that I can do to help my situation.
However, there are many comments saying that the cystocele is not the bladder, but the rectum protruding in the vagina. This is NOT correct. They are two completely different issues. The protrusion of the rectum in the vagina is called a RECTOCELE and is a POSTERIOR PROLAPSE and the protrusion of the bladder is a CYSTOCELE and is a ANTERIOR PROLAPSE.
I had surgery for a RECTOCELE 30 years ago when I was in my 20's (large babies and constipation problems during that period of my life, and also had my uterus removed during the same surgery as the RECTOCELE). They did not use mesh, but did use the muscles from my uterus to "rebuild" the posterior wall. The surgery was extremely painful, but in the 30 years since, I never had any problems.
About 2 months ago my bladder became very uncomfortable....stage 3 cystocele. The pessaries did not work, and pressure from exercise or lifting made it protrude further. I am now 2 weeks post op from cystocele repair. I was just told that I have some residual bladder drop but it is much better than it was. How disappointing...the surgery was much easier and less painful than the rectocele was, but was hoping the problem was fixed.
I was very happy to find this site with natural remedies that I am looking forward to trying once I am healed from surgery. I usually do things the natural way, eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle..too bad I didn't see this site before.
Good luck and blessings to all of you!
I had a stage 2 cystocele and it improved about 90% with the following:
Daily kegel exercises, as many as possible. Start slowly and work up to 10-20 an hour. I added a vaginal exerciser for resistance, it made a big difference
Acupuncture, 3 times a week! over 2 months, plus herbs to build blood (had hemorrhaged postpartum which had made me very weak). This made a huge difference but it has to be frequent. In China they'd have daily treatment.
Jin Shin Jyutsu ( a form of acupressure) self help and sessions with the same purpose of increasing the ascending energy which hold organs in place. Work on spleen, umbilicus, kidney meridians etc. This is a good substitute if acupuncture is unaffordable, as you can do it yourself.
Yoga, all inverted poses and forward bends with breath work. I took some private Yoga lessons for this problem and it does help.
And of course good nutrition to nourish blood and overall energy. Exhaustion and depletion can lead to prolapse - in Chinese Medicine it is known as "collapsed qi".
Hello, folks. I am writing about some alternative information about bladder prolapse, also called pelvic organ prolapse. Although I do not struggle with this condition, I very much want to avoid it, as it obviously can lead to lots of pain and possibly ineffective surgeries. Also, it can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, or previous pregnancies (or lack of). Men are not immune from Pelvic Organ Prolapse! If I can advise any one thing, I would absolutely avoid prolapse surgery at all costs. They have been shown to not only be ineffective at treating the issue and stopping the prolapse, but also can contribute to more pain and risk of further surgeries! That doesn't sound like a fair trade-off to me. However, the road to recovery may require many different avenues to explore and lots of hard work.
I am not at all an expert, but I wanted to pass along this information as I feel it is vital for everyone to learn about how to heal our bodies and live in the most natural way possible. I follow Katy Bowman's blog for this reason. She is a biomechanist, mother, and natural movement specialist that has dedicated her life to helping people understand and use their bodies in the most mechanically appropriate way. Two blog posts specifically address pressure issues like prolapse, here:
To summarize very briefly, she explains how and why our organs may be pushed out of their normal spaces and talks about steps to rectify these issues. Some people will find relief by letting go of internal pressure (which may be harder than it sounds), aligning your body appropriately (which is NOT the same as posture! ), and strengthening your pelvic floor (not tightening! ) I believe that diet, supplements, kegels, gentle exercise and other remedies can also play a part in healing this unfortunate condition. The information she presents is vast and thorough, with many conditions connecting together as our body parts are connected. I encourage anyone to check out her information and see how she can help you.
Please know that this will be very intensive and mindful work, as it is unraveling years (decades) of habits that have accumulated in unbalanced loads on the body. You might need to follow up with someone who is familiar with the issues presented. Katy's blog is filled with free, useful information, but she also runs an educational business dedicated to teaching better practices to movement specialists like yoga and Pilates instructors, doulas and midwives, physical therapists and chiropractors, and more. There may be someone in your area that can help you on your journey to overcome prolapse. She is not the only one teaching this information, but I don't know anyone else specifically.
I suggest starting with these two blog posts and then moving on to the posts directed towards the pelvic floor in general. The information is practically unlimited and affects issues like back pain, foot and leg pain, pregnancy issues, balance, digestion, exercise pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, bunions, and it goes on and on.
I hope someone gets relief by reading this.
Does anyone know of anything that helps get rid of prolapses?
I've had a prolapse of the bladder for a few years, it's where an organ in my case the bladder, (but it can be other organs like the uterus), falls out of position. In some extreme cases the uterus can come outside of the body, but my case isn't as extreme as that.
I've tried a lot, acupuncture, herbs (chinese and western),arvingo abdominal massage, castor oil packs, visualisation, supplements, maca, bluegreen algae, blackstap just to improve my nutrition and I'm fairly healthy, but it's resistant to any change.
I'd love to hear from anyone out there who was able to do anything about this condition or has any tips. I do worry about what will happen in my forties, whether it will get much worse, lead to another prolapse etc..
Selwyn, New Zealand
My bladder weakness and slight prolapse is improved with rebounding on a mini trampoline. I do kegel pelvic floor exercises, albeit inconsistently, however rebounding 7 mins twice daily (I started at 2 mins and build by 1 daily) has given me the best result. After 1 week I have already noticed that leakage on jumping is almost nonexistent.
Sydney, Nsw Australia
I am in my forties and have given birth naturally to several babies, including some ten pound babies. This is not easy on the pelvic floor and after my last few babies I realized my uterus and bladder were prolapsing. (Midwife says everything is prolapsing! ) It is particularly bad after a birth. It usually gets somewhat better in a few months. However, after my last baby it never got better. (He is almost 2. ) Espeically at the end of the day, my bladder would be uncomfortably low.
Recently, I had a very long day and realized my bladder wasn't low or bothering me. Then I realized it hadn't been bothering me for a couple of weeks. I am pretty sure it is because of Red Raspberry Leaf tea! I started drinking this tea daily several months ago since it is so good for the female system. I have been drinking LOTS of it--3-4 cups a day, faithfully! It is the only thing different that I have been doing. Today I checked a favorite book of mine, "Practical Herbalism. " Sure enough, in the description of Red Raspberry, the author references a older book that talked about using Red Raspberry Leaf for pelvic prolapse!
I was figuring I would just have to have surgery to get everything fixed "up. " But I know people that have done that and had less than wonderful results. Plus, I don't really want to have surgery.
This is a slow way to heal a problem and my problem isn't as severe as it could have been, but it is a cheap and easy and safe and healthy solution for an uncomfortable problem.
If you try this, use mostly Red Raspberry Leaf in your tea. You can also add in some nettle and alfalfa for nutrition or some kind of mint for flavor. I mix my own dry herbs. Then I put 3 T. of the herb mixture in a quart jar and pour boiling water over it. I let it steep for 15 minutes. (Do not keep on the heat. ) Then I strain out the herbs and sweeten. I drank almost a quart a day for months. You can buy tea bags and use 3 - 4 a day, making sure to steep for 15 minutes to extract the maximum benefit from the herbs. Lots of pregnancy teas or women's teas will have lots of red raspberry leaf in them if you don't want to bother making your own mix.
Just for completeness, I do eat healthy, whole foods, made a home, not a lot of sugar, lots of water (including Apple Cider Vinegar, but I have done that for years. ) I also try to get out and walk several times a week, just a mile or so. I do think keeping the muscles strong is important and would like to get more and better excercise, but I am kind of busy raising kids. :)
Hope that helps someone!
Sunbathing has helped me and getting the sun close to the problem helps even more.... my prolapse is rarely painful like it was, since frequent sunbathing (2015-2016), not burning...but 15 -30 minutes at the right hours for healthy vitamin D. It helps many hormonal systems and heals skin issues (vitilligo) and I feel better. I also tan slightly under arm pits and under breast where sun rarely shines and cancers tend to form.
When needing to use a tampon I pour Witch Hazel in the lid and dip the end of the tampon in it. This will cause the end of the tampon to "fan" out and then I slowly apply the lubricating jelly. Because the tampon is soaked more with the Witch Hazel, I get more benefit from the jelly because obviously so much is not soaked into the tampon.
It's a new day, yes, thankfully. We overcome!
Has anyone tried to use witch hazel over a long period of time for prolapsed bladder. I use it topically for rashes and skin tags from 3-episiotomies that the skin couldn't hold the stitches and now are little skin tags, so fun..... NOT!
I know witch hazel is used to shrink hemmorhoids, in suppositories... I use it to tighten skin on my face, especially around the eyes. Basically love the stuff.
Been trying to put it in the vaginal cavity with finger and get bladder to go back up.
I was diagnosed with cystocele about 2 years ago & immediately started searching for alternative healing methods. The first thing I found was a woman who did a special massage technique to help pull up/tone organs & also who recommended lots of Kegels. I've also explored herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, & energy healing--all of these things take time & can be costly, & I tend to be more of an herb person, so I do raspberry tea, & take vitex (chasteberry) & black cohosh for their "women benefits" (I am post-menopausal- hence the onset of my prolapse). Not seeing much of an improvement after several months of doing all of the above, I started searching the internet again & found an amazing book that is written by a women about pelvic organ prolapse. She goes into exhaustive detail about a women's anatomy (compared to a man's), how & why things happen & a non-surgical alternative--her own story is horrendous (she also explains all of the surgeries)--but she found, through much trial & error, a simple solution, basically a "posture" that you have to rethink, retrain yourself to do & a very simple exercise--not Kegels! Apparently Kegels are pretty useless because they only develop the muscles/tissues that help us eliminate, not hold things in! A more effective exercise is similar to a "cat-cow" yoga move while standing. Also, speaking of yoga, which was invented by a man for men, any posture which requires you to bend past 90 degrees (an oblique angle) makes you "push out", which is counter-productive. Do only yoga moves where you are bending 90 degrees or less ("pulling in"); inversions are good, like headstands & shoulder stands-- downward dog is especially do-able for most women--even sitting. I think also, properly nourishing yourself only makes sense, since you hopefully create an environment conducive to tissue improvement & healing (like strengthening capillaries & facia). I began to see improvement once I got serious & into a regular routine of the exercise & always trying to remember to do "the posture", plus doing a small yoga routine of headstand, child's pose & downward dog. I definitely think you have to give your body some type of gravity break! In time I am expecting to not only stop the progression, but to get some reversal as well.
Also, I found the comments about witch hazel very interesting & plan to try that as well! I say, try everything that doesn't sound too wacky! Good luck & lovely healing energy to all of you, my "sistahs".
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