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Many of us will not have heard the term prolapse until we experience a problem. But what exactly is a prolapse? And why are so many of us at risk?

The primary cause of prolapse is weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles. Responsible for supporting each of the pelvic organs, when they are no longer strong enough to carry out this job effectively, it can result in one or more of the organs sagging, or dropping down, into the vagina/rectum. Scarily, it is estimated that 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will suffer with some form of prolapse [1].

There are various different types and stages which represent the prolapse severity. For some of us, the symptoms will be so mild that we won't even visit our doctor. However, even where this is the case, it can still significantly impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing.

It's therefore vital that we know the best ways to prevent and manage it!

Is it too late for me?

It's never too late to manage and in many cases even rectify prolapse

At Kegel8 we help women every day to overcome the misery that is their prolapse. What these Kegel8 users have to say is invaluable to you - if you can relate to any of the stories in our video from real Kegel8 users then act now, and manage your prolapse and live without restriction - if you can't relate to these stories yet then act now, and prevent prolapse today, before it prevents you.

What are the different types of prolapse?

If you think about it, our pelvic cavity is home to a number of extremely important organs, all of which are at risk of falling out of place. When this happens, it can affect the anterior (front) or posterior (back) wall of the vagina, and in some cases the central part of the pelvis. Different types of pelvic organ prolapse include:

Cystocele Prolapse

Cystocele Prolapse

Rectocele Prolapse

Rectocele Prolapse

Cystocele
 - A prolapsed bladder. The most prevalent form of prolapse; this is where the bladder drops downwards into the vagina.
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Cystourethrocele
 - Both the urethra and bladder prolapse at the same time. It is quite common for this to happen.
Rectal Prolapse
 - Complete rectal prolapse. This occurs when the rectum protrudes out of the body through the anus.
Uterine Prolapse
 - Prolapse of the uterus (womb) into the vagina. Those who suffer with a prolapsed uterus are at a greater risk of developing another form of prolapse.
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Urethrocele
 - The tissues surrounding the urethra descend into the vagina.
Rectocele
 - Partially prolapsed rectum. The front wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina. Those with rectocele are more prone to developing cystocele.
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Enterocele
 - The small bowel drops against and moves the upper wall of the vagina, causing it to descend into the gap between the rectum and the vagina.
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Vaginal Vault
 - This only occurs in women who have undergone a hysterectomy. The closed end of the vagina collapses in on itself, dropping down into the vaginal canal or outside the vagina.
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Sue Croft - Physiotherapist

"Research tells us that up to 50% of women who have had children will suffer from prolapse in their lifetime."

Sue Croft - Physiotherapist & Author

What causes prolapse?

It's the age-old question: "Why me?"

You've taken good care of yourself over the years, maintaining a healthy diet and doing the obligatory 30 minutes of exercise daily. So why are you still at risk of developing prolapse?

Well, you may be surprised to learn that this alone is not enough to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong and healthy. When they are weak, they are unable to support the pelvic organs effectively. This may occur for a number of different reasons, including:

Childbirth

Age

Menopause

Increased pressure in the abdomen

Coughs, constipation, weight

Gynaecological Surgery

Such as hysterectomy

Congenital Disorders

1 in 3 women will suffer a prolapse following a hysterectomy

"1 in 3 women will suffer a prolapse following a hysterectomy"

Source: British Society of Urogynaecology, Vaginal Hysterectomy for Uterine Prolase, Patient Information Leaflet

What are the symptoms of prolapse?

Have things been becoming a bit of a drag recently? Or are you simply losing your sense of humour when it comes to those laughter leaks?

Well, there really is nothing funny about prolapse, and it's entirely possible that you could have suffered one without even realising. Prolapse symptoms vary depending upon the stage it is at, however, common indications include:

  • A 'dragging' sensation in the vagina or lower back
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
  • A lump inside or outside the vagina
  • Struggling to empty the bowel
  • Dyspareunia (painful sex) or lack of intimate sensation
  • Urinary abnormalities such as a slow stream, incomplete emptying of your bladder, urinary frequency/urgency or stress incontinence

What are the treatments for prolapse?

It can be a devastating blow to learn that you have suffered a prolapse. Indeed, living with the symptoms is certain to take its toll, both physically and emotionally. Inspiring feelings of inadequacy and self-consciousness, many times the result is anxiety or depression. This alone can have a significant impact on day-to-day life.

Worried there's nothing you can do? Well fear not, there are several different ways to treat prolapse, which vary largely depending upon the severity of it. Minor prolapse can be treated by making simple lifestyle changes; whereas more severe forms may require surgery. Pelvic floor exercise is recommended as a viable treatment option for everyone, as not only will it rebuild strength, it could also alleviate the associated symptoms and prevent the prolapse from worsening. Different types of treatments include:

Lifestyle changes

All the motivation required to shift those few extra pounds. Achieving a healthy weight will strengthen the pelvic floor and prevent your prolapse from worsening. Avoid heavy lifting and activities that put undue pressure on the abdomen.

Pelvic floor exercise

An effective way to prevent, manage and treat prolapse. Much like any other work out, pelvic floor exercise will increase tone and strength in the muscles over time. This will help to 'lift up' the prolapsed organs.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

This is sometimes offered where prolapse is attributed to the menopause. Increasing the level of oestrogen with the use of HRT may rebuild muscle strength, alleviating the symptoms and preventing the prolase from worsening. However, it carries with it a number of risks, including its worrying link to cancer.

Pessary

Typically used to treat uterine prolapse; a pessary is often employed as a temporary solution for pregnant women, women who have given birth, or those awaiting surgery. In rare cases, it will be offered as a permanent solution for those of us who do not wish to have, or are unsuitable for, surgery. Side effects may include bleeding and bladder weakness.

Surgery

In cases where prolapse is extremely severe, surgery could be the best and, indeed, the only option. However, all too often we opt for surgery without being fully aware of our choices. Surgery may involve the insertion of synthetic mesh, vaginal wall repair or suspension of the prolapsed organ. In more serious cases, a hysterectomy or obliterate surgery may be performed.

It is important to explore all other options before committing to this type of treatment, because as with any kind of procedure, prolapse surgery carries with it some degree of risk. Side effects can range from bleeding/infection, constipation, damage to neighbouring organs, painful sex and problems with passing urine. Additionally, approximately 1/3 of women who have prolapse surgery may need more than one operation as there is a 25-30% chance that it could return, or a different type of prolapse could develop [2].

In some cases, surgery may repair pelvic prolapse, but not alleviate associated symptoms.

How can pelvic floor exercise help to manage and prevent prolapse?

Unhealthy Pelvic Floor Healthy Pelvic Floor

It's true; the importance of regular exercise has been instilled in us from an early age. However, despite this, many of us remain unaware that it doesn't end with a quick visit to the gym, or a brief burst of cardio now and then. In fact, too many of us still associate the need for exercise with outwardly appearance. But shouldn't exercise be about health, rather than vanity?

Our pelvic floor has an extremely important role within the body; it maintains the everyday functioning of the bladder and bowel, while supporting all of the pelvic organs. It is therefore vital that it is strong enough to do so.

So, how do we increase the strength of our pelvic floor? Well, as with any muscle group; exercise it and it becomes stronger. A strong pelvic floor will be more equipped to hold the organs in place, thus reducing the risk of prolapse. Strengthening the pelvic floor can also improve an existing prolapse and alleviate the associated symptoms as it springs back into place.

So, why not exercise the muscles that matter? After all; it's what's on the inside that counts!

How can the Kegel8 Ultra 20 help?

Manual and Electrical Stimulation

Want something that does the heavy lifting for you?

With the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), the Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulates a contraction within the pelvic floor, which, over time, exercises the muscles in order to build strength and tone. The small electrical impulses are introduced to the body via a vaginal probe, or using electrode pads.

Kegel8 Ultra 20

Although when performed correctly, 'manual' Kegels can be highly beneficial, it is believed that 50% of women do not understand how to perform an effective muscle contraction [3]. Even when performed correctly, they only target 40% of the muscle group. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 on the other hand works up to 90%.

When it comes to the prevention and treatment of prolapse, the Kegel8 Ultra 20 is our very best unit. With 20 pre-set and 3 customisable programmes, it enables you to personalise your regime based on individual requirements. Complete with a nickel free probe and 4 electrode pads, stimulation can be applied in a number of different ways depending on what works best for you. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 is medically certified and guaranteed for 1 year.

Trust us; you'll be amazed by the results!

Invented, designed and proudly manufactured in Great Britain to ensure the highest quality and safety for all your medical needs.

"I have a grade 3 cystocele prolapse which has risen from my lady opening to about an inch above due to using the Ultra 20. This product came with physio recommendation and it is well worth the money! It has had such a positive impact on me on a daily basis and really works."

Review by Marie

"After being diagnosed with a slight prolapse I wanted to make sure that it didn't get any worse and that I was able to maintain control. I have used this for 6 weeks now and I am absolutely delighted with the difference. Absolutely would recommend to friends - feel like a new woman!"

Review by Mrs J

"I purchased my Ultra 20 and the impact has been immediate. I can no longer feel my bladder in my vagina and the soreness and burning I was experiencing has disappeared."

Review by Anon

"When this prolapse first occurred, I hated going to the washroom because I had to reposition the prolapse every time. I now have no issues with the washroom because the prolapse does not occur."

Review by Caroline, Ottowa

"I suffered a prolapse while lifting furniture during a house move. I had tried and failed at doing the exercises manually, my doctor recommended using a kegel8, so I thought it would be worth a try. So glad I did, after a couple of weeks I started to notice an improvement. Even my husband commented that things definitely felt better! I would wholeheartedly recommend this product."

Review by Lin

 

References

  1. Hagen S, Stark D Conservative prevention and management of pelvic organ prolapse in women (review).
    Available from: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/101006_mat10_historical_comparisons_tables_final.pdf
  2. Bladderandbowelfoundation.org,(2014). Prolapse Treatments - Bladder and Bowel Foundation. [online] John Hopkins University Press, 2012 [Accessed 4 Aug. 2014].
    Available from: http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/bladder/bladder-problems/prolapse-treatments.asp
  3. Johns Hopkins University Press Blog, (2012). The Doctor Is In: Women's pelvic health, fact or fiction?. [online]
    Available at: http://jhupressblog.com/2012/10/09/the-doctor-is-in-womens-pelvic-health-fact-or-fiction/ [Accessed 11 Jun. 2014].

Prolapse

When there's something not quite right with your pelvic floor you know. Even if you try to ignore it – you know! Whether you think you have a prolapse or know you have a prolapse, we understand how you feel; you're frightened, desperate for someone or something to help… to make it go away.

We're not about to claim we can wave a magic wand but with Kegel8 you can fight back. Take control of your prolapse with Kegel8 and in just 12 weeks you can manage your prolapse symptoms, stop your prolapse from worsening and prevent further prolapse.

With Kegel8 it's never too late to stop the drop!

It's never too late to manage and, in many cases, even repair prolapse.

At Kegel8 we help women every day to overcome the misery that is their prolapse. What these Kegel8 users have to say could be invaluable to you; these are real women who have suffered the real effects of prolapse – physically and emotionally – and have now taken back control.

How can I be sure these are prolapse symptoms?

We don't need to describe the dragging feeling of your organs dropping down into your vagina or rectum, or the discomfort of going to the loo, you know the feeling all too well – what you want to know is, how to fix it. You're pretty sure what you're feeling are prolapse symptoms which means your pelvic floor muscles are weak or even damaged, perhaps following childbirth or surgery, and you need to exercise them… but that's easier said than done when you have little-to-no feeling or control in the pelvic floor muscles.

  • A 'dragging' sensation in the vagina or lower back
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal pain
  • A lump inside or outside the vagina
  • Struggling to empty the bowel
  • Dyspareunia (painful sex) or lack of intimate sensation
  • Urinary abnormalities such as a slow stream, incomplete emptying of your bladder, urinary frequency/urgency or stress incontinence
Sue Croft - Physiotherapist

"Research tells us that up to 50% of women who have had children will suffer from prolapse in their lifetime."

Sue Croft - Physiotherapist & Author

How will the Kegel8 Ultra 20 help?

When your pelvic floor muscles are so desperate for help there is no quick fix – but there is Kegel8. With the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), the Kegel8 Ultra 20 stimulates contractions within the pelvic floor muscles, which exercise the muscles to build strength and tone to hold everything in place and give you control.

Kegel8 Ultra 20 is safe and so easy to use; like most Kegel8 users you'll wish you discovered it years ago! NMES is small electrical pulses delivered to the pelvic floor muscles via an internal vaginal probe or external skin electrode pads. It's silent, discreet and comfortable to use.

What causes prolapse?

We are all at risk of prolapse – by the age of 50, 1 in every 2 women will have a prolapse[1]

You've taken good care of yourself over the years; maintaining a healthy diet and doing the obligatory 30 minutes of exercise daily. So why are you still at risk of developing a prolapse?

Every woman is at risk, but some more than others. Our pelvic floor muscles don't just collapse over night, they slowly begin to weaken from our teen years. Contribute to this some inevitable body changes women face over the years and it's easy to see how the easily neglegted muscles can cave.

Childbirth

Age

Menopause

Increased pressure in the abdomen

Coughs, constipation, weight

Gynaecological Surgery

Such as hysterectomy

Congenital Disorders

What are the treatments for prolapse?

You do have options when it comes to treatment for prolapse that can be really effective in treating the symptoms:

Worried there's nothing you can do? Well fear not, there are several different ways to treat prolapse, which vary largely depending upon the severity of it. Minor prolapse can be treated by making simple lifestyle changes; whereas more severe forms may require surgery. Pelvic floor exercise is recommended as a viable treatment option for everyone, as not only will it rebuild strength, it could also alleviate the associated symptoms and prevent the prolapse from worsening. Different types of treatments include:

Pessary

When a pessary is used for prolapse, it is quite often a temporary solution chosen for pregnant women, women who have just given birth or those awaiting pelvic floor surgery. Pessaries can be fitted as a permanent measure too – if a woman is unable to have surgery – but must be changed by a Healthcare Professional around every 6 months which leads to a high risk of infection. By providing support, a pessary can help to take the weight of your pelvic organs but can have side effects of bleeding and bladder weakness.

Pelvic Floor Exercise

You've tried exercise and it failed right? We're here to assure you that you've not tried anything like Kegel8! With ultra-effective pelvic floor exercise from a Kegel8 you can target the problem – weak pelvic floor muscles like never before, with Kegel8 thereis no room for failure - all you have to do is use it! Much like any other workout, pelvic floor exercise will increase the tone and strength in the muscles, lifting and holding your pelvic organs back in place – even the really weak ones!

Prolapse Surgery

While some embrace surgery, the majority of us want to avoid going under the knife at all costs. Prolapse surgery may involve placing synthetic mesh inside the body (to provide the support the pelvic floor once did), a vaginal wall repair or suspension of the prolapsed organ. It is important to remember that pelvic floor surgery doesn't repair the pelvic floor muscles and this is proabably the reason 1 in 3 operations need to be repeated.

Prolapse surgery is not a 'simple' procedure, it is major surgery and as such like all surgery it has with it's risks, and a recovery period where you'll have to rest up and let the family fend for themselves. It is for these reasons it is so important you get the best result from the procedure and Kegel8 can help you here too. Start using Kegel8 now and by strengthening and improving circulation before your surgery you'll improve surgical outcomes, speed up recovery, and stand a better chance of avoiding further prolapse.

Doctor Chris Steele - Bladder Weakness

"Most women suffer for about 5 years before they pluck up the courage to go see a GP!"

Dr Chris Steele MBE, Resident Dr. on ITV This Morning

Please don't leave it another 5 years to get any worse! Start today for a stronger tomorrow.

You could of course do nothing and ignore your prolpase hoping it'll go away...
Sorry, it won't. It will get worse and other organs could prolapse too.

The 4 things you need to do right now for your prolapse:

1

Kegel8 – make Kegel8 your pelvic floor exercise routine and in just 12 weeks you will know what a strong, healthy pelvic floor feels like.

2

Watch your weight – If you're carrying a few extra pounds then so is your pelvic floor. Losing just 10% of your body weight can result in a 50% increase in pelvic floor strength

3

Diet –straining to go to the loo is a big pelvic floor no-no. If you find you suffer with constipation, check your eating habits and increase your intake of fibrous foods.

4

Vitamin D -vitamin D deficiency has been proven to cause muscle weakness. Supplementing with a good quality vitamin D can improve the effectiveness of your pelvic floor exercise

What women tell us...

I've tried kegel exercises before – They don't work.

The electronic stimulation the Kegel8 Ultra 20 delivers is recommended by the UK National Health Service NICE Guidelines when manual pelvic floor exercises are ineffective. Give Kegel8 just 12 weeks and you'll see results!

I just don't have time to commit 12 weeks to exercising my pelvic floor.

Your pelvic floor muscles begin to weaken from as early as your teens – you could repair 30 years of weakening in just 12 weeks of strengthening!

I'm going for surgery, it's already booked

Please remember surgery won't repair a weak pelvic floor, and other organs can prolpase at any time. Start using Kegel8 as soon as possible - it's a great way to ensure the very best results and a speedy recovery. Some women have even been able to cancel their surgery - its worth a chance!

I'm nervous about using the probe and how electronic stimulation will feel.

Our probes are purposely designed to be not dis-similar to tampons and even a little smaller in some cases. You will feel a gentle fluttering in the muscles and you are in full control of the intensity so it suits you.

It's a bit embarassing – what will my postman think!

We are discreet through and through – even when it comes to our packaging. No-one will know what's inside!

GP recommended - it's the home use treatment that is taking the UK by storm

You don't need a doctor to tell you when there's something wrong with your pelvic floor – the signs are clear as day – but speaking to a GP or Specialist can really help you decide where to turn for treatment.

In a recent survey, 64% of customers purchased Kegel8 following a recommendation from their GP, Consultant or Healthcare Professional.

Good health is priceless, you're worth a Kegel8

Kegel8 - Recommended by GPs

It's not pocket money – we know that. But when it comes to your health, your pelvic health at that, you just can't compromise. Kegel8 is the UK's best-selling electronic pelvic floor exerciser for a reason – many in fact! Invented, designed and manufactured in Great Britain, Kegel8 is a registered medical device ensuring quality, credibility and more importantly your safety. What makes Kegel8 really unique is its clinically proven programmes; twenty programmes, specially designed to treat the symptoms of prolapse, stop bladder weakness and strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles... to name a few!

Our 5 star customer service is second-to-none. We don't just sell Kegel8, we are Kegel8, and we're here not just to help you with your purchase but to provide you with ongoing support so you can manage your prolapse and make your pelvic floor strong and healthy again.

Kegel8 Made in Britain

Invented, designed and proudly manufactured in Great Britain to ensure the highest quality and safety for all your medical needs.

"I have a grade 3 cystocele prolapse which has risen from my lady opening to about an inch above due to using the Ultra 20. This product came with physio recommendation and it is well worth the money! It has had such a positive impact on me on a daily basis and really works."

Review by Marie

"After being diagnosed with a slight prolapse I wanted to make sure that it didn't get any worse and that I was able to maintain control. I have used this for 6 weeks now and I am absolutely delighted with the difference. Absolutely would recommend to friends - feel like a new woman!"

Review by Mrs J

"I purchased my Ultra 20 and the impact has been immediate. I can no longer feel my bladder in my vagina and the soreness and burning I was experiencing has disappeared."

Review by Anon

"When this prolapse first occurred, I hated going to the washroom because I had to reposition the prolapse every time. I now have no issues with the washroom because the prolapse does not occur."

Review by Caroline, Ottowa

"I suffered a prolapse while lifting furniture during a house move. I had tried and failed at doing the exercises manually, my doctor recommended using a kegel8, so I thought it would be worth a try. So glad I did, after a couple of weeks I started to notice an improvement. Even my husband commented that things definitely felt better! I would wholeheartedly recommend this product."

Review by Lin

 

References

  1. Hagen S, Stark D Conservative prevention and management of pelvic organ prolapse in women (review).
    Available from: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/101006_mat10_historical_comparisons_tables_final.pdf
  2. Bladderandbowelfoundation.org,(2014). Prolapse Treatments - Bladder and Bowel Foundation. [online] John Hopkins University Press, 2012 [Accessed 4 Aug. 2014].
    Available from: http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/bladder/bladder-problems/prolapse-treatments.asp
  3. Johns Hopkins University Press Blog, (2012). The Doctor Is In: Women's pelvic health, fact or fiction?. [online]
    Available at: http://jhupressblog.com/2012/10/09/the-doctor-is-in-womens-pelvic-health-fact-or-fiction/ [Accessed 11 Jun. 2014].