Prolapse is a common problem for females of all ages, worldwide. Yet prolapse is one of those conditions that many women are too embarrassed to talk about, even with their closest friends.
The most common symptom of pelvic organ prolapse is the sensation of something bulging into the vagina. Other symptoms may include pressure or discomfort in the pelvic region, back pain and pain during intercourse.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is caused by weakened or damaged muscles or stretched ligaments due to a number of causes. These may include vaginal delivery of a baby, previous surgeries, obesity, menopause, hysterectomy, straining to empty your bowels or lifting a heavy object.
The two most common POPs we deal with are vaginal prolapse and uterine prolapse. Vaginal prolapse occurs when the top of the vagina drops from its normal place. Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus falls into the vagina.
Most vaginal prolapses gradually worsen and can only be fully corrected with surgery. However, the type of treatment that is appropriate to treat a vaginal prolapse depends on factors such as the cause and severity of the prolapse, whether the woman is sexually active, and the woman's treatment preference.
Surgical repair is the treatment option that most sexually active women who develop a vaginal prolapse choose because the procedure is usually very effective.