What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is when 1 or more of the organs inside the pelvis (found between the waist and thighs), slip from their normal positions. Normally, muscles and tissues in the pelvic region support the pelvic organs and hold them in place.
A Normal Pelvis
A. The small intestine absorbs nutrients from food.
B. The bladder collects and holds urine.
C. The pubic bone helps protect the pelvic organs.
D. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body.
E. The pelvic floor muscles support organs and other structures in the pelvis.
F. The uterus is where the baby develops when a women is pregnant.
G. The vagina is the canal from the uterus to the outside of the body.
H. The rectum stores stool until a bowel movement occurs.
What Causes Prolapse?
Hormonal changes that occur with menopause
Constant coughing (such as with bronchitis or smoking)
Chronic straining (such as with constipation)
Symptoms of Prolapse
A feeling of fullness or pressure in your pelvis
A sense that a “ball” or lump is protruding from the vagina
Problems passing urine or having a bowel movement
Urine leakage when you cough or use stairs. (But this can happen even without prolapse.)
Pain or pressure in your low back
Problems with sexual intercourse
© 2000-2014 The StayWell Company, LLC. 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.