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Pelvic organ prolapse is a pelvic floor disorder. The muscles of the pelvic organs get weak. The bladder can fall into the vagina. The rectum can fall into the vagina. The uterus can protrude to the outside of the vagina. The tip of the vagina can protrude to the outside. The bowel can also move into the vagina. One out of two women over 45 will experience some sort of pelvic organ prolapsed. Only 15 percent get medical attention.

Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

There are many causes for pelvic organ prolapse.  Here is a partial list.

  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy  
  • Chronic cough
  • Heavy lifting
  • Pelvic surgeries

Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Some of the obvious ones include the feeling something is falling out of the vagina or there is a protrusion or bulge. Some of the less obvious include pelvic pain, backache, problems going to the bathroom, or painful intercourse. Sometimes there are no symptoms with pelvic organ prolapse.

Diagnosis Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapsed is diagnosed through a simple pelvic exam done in the office. It does not require any specific testing or tools.

Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

There are many ways to treat pelvic organ prolapse. One approach includes strengthening the pelvic muscles through exercises and physical therapy. Your doctor can support the pelvic muscle by inserting a device that holds the prolapsed in place. There are also surgical options using minimally invasive procedures. Pelvic organ prolapse is an uncomfortable, often embarrassing condition but you don’t have to live with it. It is a medical condition not a normal part of aging and treatment is available.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Specialists

CHI Health physicians are specially trained to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse and understand that the symptoms associated with these conditions are often uncomfortable and embarrassing. They are committed to providing proactive and compassionate care this is individualized to your unique condition. Questions? Contact our pelvic specialists.

Michael Feloney, M.D. Jimmy Khandalavala, M.D. Peggy Jones, M.D. Sami Zeineddine, M.D.
Michael Feloney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Urology & Urogynecology
Jimmy Khandalavala, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Peggy Jones, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sami Zeineddine, M.D.,
Obstetrics & Gynecology