Pelvic Prolapse

Pelvic Prolapse

A pelvic prolapse is a common condition caused by the herniation of the bladder, rectum, small intestines, uterus, or vagina due to weakness of the supporting structures in the pelvis.

Symptoms of Pelvic Prolapse

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • A vaginal bulge which could hinder defecation and urination
  • Constipation
  • Pain during sex
  • Back pain
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

Risk Factors of Pelvic Prolapse

Risk factors of a pelvic prolapse include:

  • Advancing age
  • Childbirth
  • Genetics
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Obesity
  • Frequent constipation

Diagnosing Pelvic Prolapse:

Your physician will start by completing a thorough medical history and physical exam. Urine tests may also be performed to look for infection or blood in the urine. A post void residual may be recommended to check to see if the patient’s bladder is completely emptying with voiding. Further evaluation with urodynamics or cystoscopy may be necessary.

Treating Pelvic Prolapse:

Treatment options for a pelvic prolapse range from pelvic floor retraining, to pessary insertion to a sacrocolpopexy. Your physician will work with you to determine the best option for you.