A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when a pelvic organ has moved out of place – forward, down, etc -from its normal position within the pelvis. Your pelvic organs consist of your bladder, uterus, cervix, and intestines.
Reasons why a prolapse may occur include:
Pelvic floor weakness or tightness
Increased abdominal pressure from lifting, exercise and/or coughing repetitively
Prolapse can also cause a variety of symptoms such as:
Pressure or pain in your abdominal/pelvic region
Urinary incontinence or frequency
Difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel
There is a lot of terminology and the names can be confusing.
Your provider may have used additional medication terms or diagnoses describing prolapse including:
Cystocele or anterior wall prolapse (bladder movement)
Rectocele or posterior wall prolapse ( forward movement of the back vaginal wall)
Rectal prolapse ( when part of the large intestine moves outside the anus)
Uterine or Apical Prolapse ( Descent of uterus, cervix or vaginal vault)
Enterocele ( small intestine and peritoneum protrude into vaginal wall/canal)
That sounds like a lot – but your body is resilient and adaptable. With some help and guidance you can often get back to the things you love. During your treatment you will have a general musculoskeletal exam, as well as an internal evaluation to assess the integrity of the muscle tissue to develop an individualized treatment plan for your symptoms.
We can also be in touch with any other health care providers involved in your plan of care, with your permission, in order to discuss any other options/interventions and get you the best overall outcome.
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