Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

Risk Of Constipation Increases With POP, SUI

It has long been recognized by medical experts that constipation is among the top risk factors of pelvic floor disorders, particularly pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Based on a study performed not too long ago, it would appear this also applies the other way around, which means constipation may develop among women suffering from POP and SUI.

 

With the objective of determining the connection between POP, constipation, and dietary fiber intake in women, a clinical study was conducted by a team of researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This was carried out with the hypothesis that women diagnosed with POP are more likely to develop constipation than those without this condition and that this disorder is related to the intake of dietary fiber.

 

A total of 90 women who were reporting for their annual gynecological examinations were recruited for this study. Women diagnosed with stage 2 POP and numbering 60 in all composed the study group while the control group was filled up by the remaining 30 women. All the subjects were requested to complete questionnaires designed to assess their POP, SUI, and constipation conditions. To determine the level of dietary fiber in their diets, a similar questionnaire, which featured 124 food items, was also given.

 

Results of Study

 

After the assessment of the results, it was concluded that women with POP had increased risks of constipation compared to those under the control group. For those who were also diagnosed with SUI, which constituted 38 percent of the study group, the risk became even higher. Compared to the women in the control group, those with POP were found to have lower intake of insoluble fiber, which lead to the suggestion that the risk of POP was increased due to lack of dietary fiber. When taken into account, factors like age, number of childbirths, and estrogen status made no significant difference in the findings.

 

Study Significance

 

The outcome of this study is very significant in that it makes women aware of the possible complication of constipation should they develop this common pelvic floor disorder. The inclusion of insoluble fiber in their diet, due to its laxative effect, should now be encouraged among women. In addition to this diet change, approaches such as exercises, water intake, and medications may also be observed in the management of constipation.

 

Perhaps the best thing a woman may do to avoid constipation and other complications resulting from POP is to prevent the development of this pelvic floor disorder in the first place. Engaging in exercises that may strengthen her pelvic floor muscles such as Kegel exercises and making changes in her lifestyle and behavioral practices may be very helpful in achieving this.

 

Doing this may prove beneficial to a woman especially considering that this disorder can have a very huge negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. This may even get to the point that surgical options, such as vaginal mesh surgeries, may be recommended, which may only add to the problems. Serious injuries have been sustained by thousands of women after being implanted with these mesh implants. Due to the numerous injuries suffered by women, a doctor has likened the vaginal mesh to a ticking time bomb.

 

References:

ics.org

jabfm.org

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

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