Pelvic Support Belts For Pelvic Organ Prolapse
If you have symptoms related to pelvic organ prolapse, you may need a few options to help you manage pain and discomfort. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition, particularly in older women. It means that one or more organs of the pelvis drop out of place, often into the vagina. There are many ways that you can work to manage this condition, such as changing your lifestyle, pelvic floor therapy, and surgery in some cases. A pelvic support belt is an effective, non-invasive tool that provides additional support. Here are a few things you should know before you try one.
Benefits of Pelvic Support Belts
As part of a treatment plan to manage pelvic organ prolapse, a support belt can provide excellent assistance. When you seek treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, your doctor may prescribe a combination of activities to decrease muscle stress and improve strength. If you cannot cut back on specific tasks that put strain on your pelvic floor muscles, a support belt might give you added support as you recondition those muscles. There are plenty of options designed to fit under your clothing. In some cases, they can serve as alternatives to vaginal pessaries or surgery.
Limits of Pelvic Support Belts
As a non-invasive treatment option, a pelvic floor support belt usually cannot act as the only management tool for pelvic organ prolapse. These belts can relieve some symptoms, but they do not resolve the problem. Overuse of a support belt may create a dependence on it, resulting in an increase in symptoms when you are not wearing one. It is meant to be used in addition to a strengthening regimen that can decrease the need to wear it. Proper fit is important, because wearing an ill-fitting garment can restrict blood flow or add pressure in the wrong place.
Pelvic Support Belt Types
There are several types of pelvic support belts. The right one for you depends on the type of prolapse you have, the cause, and your needs for support. Some belts are small and should fit discreetly under your clothes, but they may not provide as much support. Others could have more compression or a larger size for increased support. Some products are designed specifically for pregnancy and postpartum recovery. It is important to confirm that the one you choose will work for the type of support you need.
Choosing the Right Support Garment
It is best to choose a support belt for fit, comfort, and the way you plan to use it. Because the right size is so important for the comfort and use of the garment, you should start by taking your measurements. If you are unsure of the size to select, contact the manufacturer for more information. Beyond that, you should look for practical features you need, such as:
- Compression area
- Ease of use
- Machine washability
- Reusable inserts
If you can, try on the product under the clothing you plan to wear to get an idea of the look.
Selecting pelvic support belts can be an effective way to minimize symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Women’s Medical Research Inc. makes it easy to choose the right prolapse support garment. To learn more about our products, visit our shop or contact us today.
Supervising Doctor of This Article
Koichi Nagao, MD PhD
Professor, Department of Urology, Toho University Faculty of Medicine
Director of Urinary tract reconstruction center, Toho University Omori Medical Center
Director of Reproduction Center, Toho University Omori Medical Center
Professor Nagao specializes in plastic surgery in the field of reproductive medicine. He completed eight years of plastic surgery training at Showa University before majoring in urology at Toho University. With his meticulous surgical techniques and careful examinations that combines urology and plastic surgery, Professor Nagao became a Board Certified Specialist with multiple associations including the Japanese Urological Association, the Japan Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Japanese Society for Sexual Medicine.