Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Did you know?
One in two women who have had a baby will experience prolapse at some stage in their life, that’s why it is so important to have an understanding of what it is and the symptoms experienced with prolapse.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and bowel) slip down into the vagina causing a bulge or a heavy dragging feeling. Prolapse happens due to damage of the support structures of the pelvic floor including muscles, fascia or ligaments.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of prolapse include:
Sensation or heaviness/dragging/buldge in the vagina
Incomplete emptying of your bladder/bowels
Discomfort in the lower abdomen
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Prevention and management strategies
The good news is there is lots that can be done to prevent or manage prolapse. The pelvic floor acts as a sling supporting the pelvic organs, therefore pelvic floor strength training is one of the treatment options that can prevent or help alleviate symptoms of prolapse.