Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the stretching of the ligaments and muscles that support those organs causing them to drop down. Uterine, vaginal, bowel and bladder are all types of prolapse.
Anything that increases pressure on the pelvic floor can cause a prolapse, for example:
- pregnancy and childbirth
- constipation amd straining
- heavy lifting
- excess weight
Postmenopausal women are also very prone to prolapse due to the decline in oestrogen levels which causes thinning, weakening and loss of elastic in the pelvic floor muscles.
Treatment depends on the degree of the prolapse and how much (if at all) it is interfering with your lifestyle. Non surgical and surgical options are available, please talk to your health provider to find the right option for you.
At her medical we can assess and diagnose pelvic organ prolapse and provide treatment options ranging from lifestyle modification, pessary sizing and insertion, juliet laser treatment and referral for surgery where needed.