Pelvic Floor Specialist in Torrance, CA
Pelvic organ prolapse refers to descent (or prolapse) of the vaginal walls and/ or uterus below their normal position. The degree to which the prolapse occurs is described as mild, moderate and severe. In severe cases, the vaginal walls or cervix protrude beyond the vaginal opening and are visible or palpable outside the body. Common terms for these conditions include cystocele, rectocele, pelvic relaxation and procedentia.
Many women with pelvic organ prolapse also report problems with bladder and bowel function. Symptoms that are often associated with pelvic organ prolapse include urinary incontinence, difficult urination, discomfort with sexual intercourse, stool incontinence, difficult defecation, low back pain, and low abdominal pain.
What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Although the pelvic organs are supported by the pelvic diaphragm, the presence of the vagina creates a natural weakness in its integrity. Having multiple, large, prolonged births further weakens the tissue. As the tissue weakens, it stretches and allows the descent of the organs to or beyond the vaginal opening.
Some risk factors that can increase the chance of pelvic prolapse are:
- Pelvic organ tumors
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatments
When it comes to any treatment plan, professional guidance from your Urogynecologist is the best path to take, they understand your body and know how to treat pelvic prolapse in women.
Another way to treat pelvic prolapse is a lifestyle change, losing weight and quitting smoking are the best and most helpful ways to treat pelvic prolapse.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment in Carson, CA
We are here to answer any questions you may have about pelvic organ prolapse. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained doctors contact our office today at (310) 325-8864 or Request an Appointment online