Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that causes one of the organs in your pelvic region to drop down and push against the walls of your vagina. Most often, the organ is the bladder, but it could be the urethra, the rectum, the small bowel, or the uterus. Pelvic organ prolapse is not uncommon, but it's not always a severe case and can sometimes improve without treatment over time. It's important for you to know what increases your risk of pelvic organ prolapse so you can work with your doctor to better your situation.
Risks for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Most commonly, pelvic organ prolapse results from the pressure and stretching that occurs during childbirth. You are especially at risk from prolapse due to childbirth if you deliver a large baby or have a long and difficult labor and delivery.
Additional factors that can increase the risk of pelvic organ prolapse are:
Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
It is possible that you can have pelvic organ prolapse without any symptoms, but most sufferers do notice at least some feelings of pressure on their vaginas.
Some other symptoms that you may notice are:
You may notice that any of the symptoms are worse when you jump, lift, or stand. Most sufferers can get some relief when they lay down, so that could also help diagnose the problem.
If you have any of these risk factors or notice any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about pelvic prolapse to reach a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. For more information, make an appointment with an expert like those at the Western Branch Center for Women.Share
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