Constipation Very Likely In Women With POP, Study Claims

Constipation has long been recognized by medical experts as among the top risk factors of pelvic floor disorders, particularly pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This would also apply the other way around, based on the results of a study performed not too long ago which found that women with POP and SUI are also exposed to increased risks of developing constipation.

 

A clinical study was conducted by a team of researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with the aim of determining the association of POP, constipation, and women’s dietary fiber intake. 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.

 

Involved in this study were 90 women who were asked to join the clinical trial when they reported for their annual gynecological examinations. Sixty women who were diagnosed with stage 2 POP composed the study group while the 30 remaining participants were made the control group. Questionnaires designed to assess their POP, SUI, and constipation conditions were completed by all participants. A similar questionnaire was also given determine the level of dietary fiber in their diets using 124 food items.

 

Outcome of Study

 

It was concluded, after assessing the results, that the risk of getting constipation was higher in women with POP than those without this condition. For those who were also diagnosed with SUI, which constituted 38 percent of the study group, the risk became even higher. The researchers also suggested that the lack of dietary fiber may partly contribute to the increased risk of POP after it was found that those with this condition had lower intake of insoluble fiber. Factors like age, number of childbirths, and estrogen status made no significant differences in the outcome when taken into account.

 

Study Significance

 

By making women aware of the possible complication of constipation should they develop this common pelvic floor disorder makes the outcome of this study very significant. Women now should be encouraged to include insoluble fiber in their diet for its laxative effect. Aside from this, there are also many ways to manage constipation such as exercises, water intake, and medications.

 

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.

 

A woman may greatly benefit by doing these suggestions especially if we consider that her quality of life may be greatly impacted by this disorder. Making matters worse, the woman may be recommended to undergo surgical options, such as the vaginal mesh surgeries. After being implanted with these mesh devices, thousands of women sustained serious injuries. The failure of these mesh devices, which a doctor has likened to a ticking time bomb, has compelled these women to seek settlement for their injuries.

 

References:

ics.org

jabfm.org

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

 

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