What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
The organs located within your pelvis are the bladder, uterus and bowel. These organs are supported by the pelvic floor, which includes muscle, fascia and ligaments. Sometimes the pelvic floor is weakened, resulting in Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
How do These Problems Occur?
Some of the reasons for Pelvic floor weakness or Pelvic Organ Prolapse are the following:
- Pregnancy, labor and childbirth
- Repeated straining
Types and Symptoms of Prolapse
When there is a prolapse, the organs within the pelvis will bulge into one of the following areas: front wall of the vagina (cystocele), back vagnia wall (rectocele or enterocele), or the uterus drops down into the vagina (uterine prolapse). Some women may not have any symptoms. For those that do, they can include the following:
- Discomfort (usually presenting as pressure or fullness)
- Urinary incontinence
- Difficulty inserting tampons
- Difficult bowel movements
- A bulge near the opening of the vagina
How is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repaired Surgically?
Click here to learn more about the surgical procedures used to treat Pelvic Organ Disorders