Pelvic organ prolapse is very common among women of childbearing age. Fortunately, it often resolves on its own or requires minimal treatment. When treatment is necessary, women in the Bay Area can trust Dr. Nezhat Solimani at her Mountain View practice, Complete OBGYN Care.
The strain of vaginal childbirth is most often linked to pelvic organ prolapse, when the muscles supporting the pelvic organs become weakened and stretched. It can be worsened by obesity, a prolonged cough, constipation, or even pelvic tumors. If the pelvic muscles are no longer able to support the pelvic organs in their proper position, they slip, or prolapse. The most common organs involved in pelvic organ prolapse include:
Pelvic organ prolapse isn't usually a major health problem, but it can be painful. Occasionally, a prolapse will heal on its own over time.
If you notice any of the following, make an appointment with your doctor:
A gynecologist is your best source of medical care if you suspect pelvic organ prolapse.
In many cases, when symptoms are mild and do not interfere with daily activities, women can reduce their symptoms with nonsurgical treatments, such as targeted exercises, lifestyle changes, or use of a pessary, which helps support the pelvic organs. However, in the case of more severe symptoms, such as incontinence, painful intercourse, or severe pain and pressure, surgery may be required to correct the prolapse.
Surgical treatment for pelvic organ prolapse may include:
You can prevent or minimize symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse by performing Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, preventing constipation, avoiding heavy lifting, and maintaining a healthy body composition.
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