Pelvic Organ Prolapse
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Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of the pelvic organs — the uterus, bladder, or rectum — slip down from their normal position and either press against the wall of the vagina or protrude into the vagina. An organ can bulge out the vaginal opening as well. The pelvic organs are usually supported by ligaments, muscles, connective tissue, and fascia that are collectively known as the pelvic floor. Weakening of or damage to these support structures allows the pelvic organs to slip, or prolapse, down. These conditions are most common in postmenopausal women who have given birth, but can also occur in younger women and women who have not given birth. However, only percent of women who have a genital prolapse actually experience symptoms or discomfort. Prolapse is a quality of life issue, not something that requires fixing for health reasons.
Vaginal prolapse is a common condition where the bladder, uterus and or bowel protrudes into the vagina. This can cause symptoms such as a sensation of a vaginal lump, constipation, difficulty emptying the bowel or bladder or problems with sexual intercourse. Treatment is only recommended when the prolapse is symptomatic. The biggest cause of prolapse is pregnancy and birth, though a number of other factors such as family history, lifestyle and certain medical conditions can also cause prolapse. Treatment can vary from simple lifestyle changes to surgery.
Looking for something specific? Search for it here:. We all want a satisfying sex life. But sometimes, medical conditions can get in the way of that. If you struggle with incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, sex can often be a source of great anxiety.