Pelvic organ prolapse affects as many as 50% of women and can be uncomfortable to live with. Gregory Kroeger MD, FACOG, and Tracy Glass, DO, FACOG, of Advanced Women's Healthcare of Waxahachie in Waxahachie, Texas, offer treatments that can help. Visits can be requested online or set up over the phone.
Your pelvic organs are held in place by a system of muscles and ligaments. When those tissues weaken, they often can’t continue to support one or more pelvic organs. Those organs can begin to droop, moving into other areas of your pelvis and sometimes placing pressure on other organs and tissues.
The organs affected by pelvic organ prolapse include:
The bladder is the most common pelvic organ affected by prolapse.
Pelvic organ prolapse does not always create clear symptoms, so many women are unaware they have the condition until a problem arises. When symptoms are present, they might include:
It’s also possible to actually see or feel a prolapsed organ extending from your vaginal opening. Often, the condition is diagnosed during a routine pelvic exam.
Some women can find relief from mild cases of prolapse through pelvic floor physical therapy. Your therapist may recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles around your urethra, vagina, and rectum.
Wearing a removable device called a pessary can also be helpful. These devices support your pelvic organs, although they must be removed regularly for cleaning.
Your provider may recommend surgery to repair your pelvic organ prolapse. Most of the time, these surgeries are done through a vaginal approach, which means there are no incisions on your abdomen. A procedure called colporrhaphy can correct shifting of the bladder or the rectum into your vagina.
If you’re concerned about pelvic organ prolapse, call the office to schedule a diagnostic exam. You can also request an appointment online.