What is Prolapse?
The pelvic organs, bladder, uterus, and rectum, are supported by a complex “hammock” that includes the pelvic muscles, ligaments, and their attachment to the bones of the pelvis.
Damage to these support systems can cause the organs to protrude near or through the vaginal opening.
The condition is not life threatening, but can cause discomfort and inconvenience.
You Are Not Alone
An estimated 34 million women worldwide (1 out of 2 women over age 45) are affected by prolapse.
You do not have to live with this condition, it can usually be treated to improve your quality of life.
Symptoms of Prolapse Include
- A bulge or lump in the vagina
- The vagina protruding from the body
- Pulling or stretching feeling in the groin area
- Difficult/painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal pain, pressure, irritation, bleeding or spotting
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Difficulty with bowel movements
Delayed or slow urinary stream
How is Prolapse Treated?
A vaginal pessary, a medical grade plastic device, is the only non-surgical option for managing prolapse.
Surgical options are also used to help return prolapsed organs to a more normal anatomical position, and to strengthen structures around the prolapsed area to maintain support.
If You Have These Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider. Contact us to talk to our experienced urologists, who can help answer your questions.