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Bladders ca n prolapse if other organ s
prolaps e on top of them. A weak pelvic
floor also plays a role along with weakened
muscles and ligaments.
In women, the front wall of the vagina
helps support the bl adder and this can be
we akened during childbirth with continual
pregnancie s. In some women, f urther
we akening can then trigger prol apse into
the vagina. T his can cause problems with
urination and possibly result in incontinence
in the most se vere cas es . A bladder prolapse can
be minor, cla ssified as Grade 1 or s evere being
Grade 4, with variations in bet ween. In severe
case s, the entire bladder protrudes outside the
vagina and often other internal organs are
se verely prolapsed requiring surgery.
Hormonal changes ca n trigger tissue
wea kness in both the bladder and vagina l
wa ll. Oestrogen is the important hormone
that maintains integrity and once a woman
is menopausal or post menopa usal, a
diminished le vel of this hormone is another
contributing factor. Again, straining when
eliminating the colon, or lifting items that
are too heavy or doing it incorrectly all
contribute to a weakened pelvic floor and
surr ounding muscles.
A Case Study
One woman who had experienced a
minor bladder prolap se after childbirth
fortunately sought help straight away and
did not allow it to become chronic . Bowen
therapy was applied and some dietary
changes were made to ensure no foods
wou ld irritate the bladder and contribute
to weak ness. A ppropriate herbs were
formulated and she w a s shown sp ecific
exerci ses. Soon enough she wa s improving
so that she no longer had to seek out public
toilet s when out shopping! She continued
with pelvic floor exercises and received
ongoing Bowen therapy as a m anagement
strategy. She also continued with herbal
remedies for a couple more months even
though she was seeing improvement.
This is the best thing to do. Often people
cease treatments too soon, just as they are
beginning to improve. It is far better to
continue a short while longer to ensure the
strength and integrity of tissues, muscles
and ligaments is reinforced.
Many people prefer to attend on a regular
basis over an extended period to ensure the
body is aligned and their physiology and
met abolism are balanced so they c an avoid
medical intervention and disease. Their
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overall health and energy levels are optimised
continually and anti aging programs can be
set in place. This is what Natural Medicine
practitioner s are good at – prevention by
getting to the root cause of the problem and
ongoing management with natural remedies
at all times.
What you can do?
Some women may prefer to opt for surgery.
However complications can arise with any
type of surgery so please find out as much as
you can and always seek a second opinion.
A few years ago I had a discussion with
a physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic
floor weakness and who recommended
that women avoid surgery since each
operation holds the potential for more side
effects. I was told that three surgeries is the
maximum for any woman as after the third
operation doctors can no longer tighten up
the pelvic floor. Better to practise pelvic
floor exercises, meet with a physiotherapist
who specialises in pelvic floor weakness,
learn Pilates and/or yoga and seek out a
qualified Bowen therapist or acupuncturist
to help lift the bladder and pelvic floor.
Get expert advice. Once you have ma stered
some of the exercises you can practise them
at home. And it’s a good idea to have reg ular
Some of the rec ommendation s we
discussed la st month for helping with
prolapsed colon (http ://novama gazine.com.
therapies-for-prolapse.html) al so apply for
• Seek profes sional advic e on the correct
diet. Nutritional supplements can be
helpful to establish strength and integrity
with tissues a nd ligaments. If your minera l
profile is out of balance then this can affect
your overall health and the integrity of all
tissues, muscles, ligaments and bones.
• Avoid apple juice , cider, apple cons er ve s
and cider apple vinegar that contain malic
acid. Malic acid ca n we aken the bladder.
• Get a f ull hormonal blood test, including
minera l levels . If in doubt contact a
qualified naturopath who ca n a lso orga nise
sa liva testing for the endocrine system.
The uterus (also known as the womb) is
held in place within the pelvis via different
tissues, muscles and ligaments. Whenever
childbirth is difficult or the baby is
large, the ligaments and muscles can
become overstretched and weaken. The
uterus can also prolapse if neighbouring
organ s such a s the tran s verse colon have
prolaps ed. A prolaps ed uterus can put
pressure on a healthy bladder and trigger
a wea kening here, causing the bl adder
itself to prolaps e.
As women age, the pelvic floor
muscle s begin to weak en, either through
childbirth, too much straining when
eliminating the bowel over the years, or,
most commonly, due to reduced oestrogen
levels after menopau se.
There a re various degrees of severity –
from the cervix drooping into the vagina,
to the next stage drooping just inside the
opening of the vagina , to the entire uterus
being outside the vagina. This is called
Procidentia, c aus ed by severe we akening
of all the supporting muscles. Ideally no
woman allows a prolapse to reach this stage!
Other c au ses of prolapsed uterus could
be many births, espe cially if complication s
have occurred either during pregna ncy or
delivery, fibroids that grow in the uterine
c avity, being overweight or ob ese, a ny major
surgery that takes place in or around the
pelvic cavity which can leave scar tissue and
s ometimes wea kness, lifting heavy items
e specially if you are doing this incorrectly,
or a weak core.
Symptoms of uterine prolapse
You may e xperience difficulty urinating
or feel you have to go more often, have
difficulty eliminating your bowel, pain
during sex, lower back pain, a heavy full
feeling in the pelvis are a, or a protruding
tummy even when very slim. Menstrua l
c ycles can be affected with you experiencing
more pain and discomfort, irregula rity or
even very heavy bleeding.
An ultra sound can show clearly if a uterine
prol apse h as occurred – if it is minor and newly
diagnosed, Bowen therapy and acupunct ure
ca n often help here along with relevant herbal
remedies. Then you can avoid any medical
inter vention! However, if it is severe you may
still require some surgery and these therapies
can then help greatly in maintaining integrity
and strength after surgery. These symptoms
may al so indicate s erious underlying disease so
it is important to visit your medical practitioner
if a prolapse is ruled out as the cause.
A Case Study
Another example was a woman who had a
uterine prolapse after birth. She experienc ed
pain for over two years and received medical
a dvic e to have a hysterectomy. This woman
a lso had hormonal imbalance, which had
resulted in endometriosis. Appropriate
remedies were given to her in the form of
homoeopathy and herbal medicine to a ssist
with norma lising the hormones. She was
treated with Bowen therapy on her first visit
a nd her pain was resolved with one session!
She continued to be pain-free ongoing. How
easy and non invasive was that! She was
encouraged to perform pelvic floor e xercises
a nd given appropriate minera ls to help her
uterine ligaments g ain integrity and strength
Importantly, don’t hesitate and leave it
too long enduring pain and discomfort if
you have a newly diagnosed prolapse. Seek
help from a Natural Medicine Practitioner.
The above-mentioned therapies need to
be introduced a s soon a s possible. Please
be patient and diligent with the program.
Once you feel much better, don’t stop seeing
the practitioner – simply space out your
treatment visits. This way you will always
ensure you can m aintain some strength and
integrity no matter the type of prolapse.
Sydney-based Lyn Craven is a practitioner
of naturopathy, nutrition, medical herbalism,
Bowen therapy, Reiki energy healing, meditation,
and is a corporate health presenter/consultant
with 18 years experience in natural therapies.
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Disclaimer: Information presented in this column is not
intended as medical advicebut to advance the understanding
of holistic nutrition and lifestyle and its place in a balanced
approach to health. Readers are encouraged to be guided by
their own healthcare professionals.
Naturopath Lyn Craven discusses how natural therapies can help with bladder and uterine prolapse.
‘A weak pelvic floor also plays
a role along with weakened
muscles and ligaments.’
‘A diminished level of
(oestrogen) is another
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