Women often find that
their pelvic floor is weakened through childbirth and the aging process. The
pelvic floor is a set of ligaments and muscles that keep the organs located in
the pelvic cavity in place; these organs include the small intestine, colon,
uterus, and bladder. When the pelvic floor is weakened, an organ may drop,
which is called a prolapse. An enterocele is one kind of prolapse.
An enterocele happens
when the tissues and muscles supporting the small bowel weaken or stretch, which
causes the bowel to descend and bulge through the vaginal wall. This develops
into a hernia in the vagina.
A moderate or mild
enterocele can be improved through special exercises, which can be relieved
through exercises that increase the strength of the muscles in the pelvic
floor. There are other treatments available that do not require surgery, but
surgery is an option in cases of a severe enterecole.