Some women may not need to be treated. The goal is to ease symptoms in those who do need to be treated. This can be done with:
- Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Estrogen therapy to prevent further weakness of the pelvic floor
- A device placed in the vagina to prop up the uterus and bladder
Women with severe symptoms may need surgery. It can help repair the pelvic floor structures.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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