Understanding Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Do you struggle with embarrassing leaks? Or, maybe you feel an uncomfortable sensation when sitting. These can be signs of a pelvic organ prolapse. Thankfully, this condition can be improved with gynecologic surgery.

More than a nuisance, an untreated prolapse can increase your risk of bladder infections. You might even notice abnormal bleeding. From achy back pain to pain during intercourse, a prolapse can impact your quality of life. A Lady’s Care Center, Dr. Ladynez Espinal is skilled in diagnosing and treating pelvic organ prolapses. If you suspect you have a prolapse, we suggest coming in for a visit so you can get the care you deserve.

In the meantime, you can learn more about pelvic organ prolapse, including what it is, how to spot the signs of it, and how it’s treated.

Pelvic organ prolapse 101

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one of your pelvic organs drops into a lower-than-normal position. Pelvic organs include your uterus and cervix, vagina, and rectum. If your uterus drops, your prolapse is called a uterine prolapse. If your bladder shifts down, it’s called a cystocele prolapse. 

When any one of these organs shifts out of their normal position, it can press on the walls of your vagina, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Signs of pelvic organ prolapse

Your specific symptoms will vary depending on which organ (or organs) shift out of place. For example, if your bladder or rectum is affected, you might struggle with incontinence or leaks.

Other common signs of a prolapse include:

You may also experience pain and discomfort during intercourse. 

Causes

We know what pelvic organ prolapse is and what the common symptoms are — but what causes the prolapse in the first place? Your pelvic organs drop out of place when your pelvic floor (the muscles that support your organs) become weak.

Pregnancy and childbirth are well-known for weakening your pelvic floor. In particular, the pressure and straining of having multiple vaginal births increases your risk for developing a prolapse later in life. This risk is increased even more if your baby weighed 8.5 pounds or more.

However, it’s possible to develop a pelvic organ prolapse even if you’ve never had children. 

According to the Office on Women’s Health, other common causes include:

Anything that weakens your pelvic floor increases your risk of a prolapse.

Explore your treatment options

When it comes to pelvic organ prolapse, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Your ideal treatment depends on the type of prolapse (which organ is affected) and the severity of your symptoms. Common treatment options include:

However, non-surgical options may not necessarily provide the relief you need. There are many different surgical techniques and procedures to restore the function of your pelvic floor.

Get the relief you need

From discomfort during intercourse to embarrassing leaks, we know that pelvic organ prolapses can bring a host of unwanted symptoms. At Lady’s Care Center, we offer compassionate and expert care to address all of your gynecologic needs — including surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.

If you’re struggling with these symptoms, call our Miramar, Florida clinic at 954-372-1653 or request an appointment online to explore your options. 

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