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Pelvic organ prolapse

Learn about pelvic organ prolapse and find out how treatment may help.

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. Potential causes of pelvic organ prolapse include: pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

If you’re experiencing common symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, you don’t have to learn to live with it. Talk to your doctor today.

Learn more about symptoms and diagnosis

Who experiences 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.


Pelvic organ prolapse affects over 3 million women in the United States1

1 in 9

1 in 9 women will need prolapse surgery in their lifetime2

Pelvic organ prolapse can be treated several ways, depending on the exact nature and severity of your condition. Talk with your doctor to determine which treatment is right for you.

Learn more about treatments

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Not sure if you have pelvic organ prolapse?

Take this short quiz to find out if you might have pelvic organ prolapse and share your results with your physician.

Patient stories

"I really was embarrassed and I didn’t want to live like this."

Find out how Debra learned she had pelvic organ prolapse and how treatment improved her life.

Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

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Ready to talk to a specialist?

There are many doctors who specialize in pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse. You can search by city, state, or ZIP code to find the right one for you.


Learn more about pelvic organ prolapse and how to talk to your doctor.

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  1. Wu JM, Hundley AF, Fulton RG, et al. Forecasting the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders in U.S. women: 2010 to 2050. Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec;114(6):1278–83
  2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse. IUGA. Accessed October 25.2023.
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