Pelvic Organ Prolapse Explained
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when the muscles or ligaments in your pelvic floor are stretched or become too weak to hold your organs in the correct position. When this happens, organs such as the bladder, rectum and uterus can bulge (prolapse) into the vagina and sometimes past the vaginal opening. Imagine a hammock tied between two trees. Now imagine that same hammock after years of heavy use.
Potential causes of POP include:
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Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be treated several ways, depending on the exact nature and severity of your condition. Before you go below the belt, talk with your doctor to determine which treatment is right for you.
WHO HAS PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is more common among women than you might think. The important thing to remember is you’re not alone. There are many women out there just like you who experience pain and discomfort associated with prolapse. But you don’t have to continue living like this; options are available to you. If you are concerned that you might have prolapse, talk to your doctor today.
Not sure if you have Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Take this short quiz to see if you might have Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Then, be sure to share your results with your physician.
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