What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Often, as women age or as the result of childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles weaken and allow the pelvic organs to descend into the vagina. This can be very uncomfortable and can greatly affect quality of life.

Prolapse Symptoms

  • Heaviness, fullness, pulling or aching in the vagina
  • Seeing or feeling a “bulge” coming out of the vagina
  • Difficulty starting to urinate or emptying the bladder completely
  • Difficulty with completion of bowel movements

What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Often, as women age or as the result of childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles weaken and allow the pelvic organs to descend into the vagina. Women who have had a hysterectomy or pelvic organ cancers may also be more likely to experience pelvic organ prolapse. This can be very uncomfortable and can greatly affect quality of life.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Diagnosis

Our physicians will perform a pelvic exam to identify your prolapse in order to provide you with the best treatment plan.

Prolapse Treatment

There are many treatment options for various types of prolapse.
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic area
  • Pessary (a small silicone device that can be inserted and removed as needed)
  • Minimally invasive or vaginal surgery
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