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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

A pelvic organ prolapse is very common so you’re not alone if you’re struggling with this. The organs of a woman’s pelvis (uterus, bladder and rectum) are normally held in place by a set of muscles and ligaments which make up the pelvic floor. If the pelvic floor has become weak and stretched through child birth then pelvic organs can bulge into the vagina. This can be further complicated by an assistance during delivery: forceps or ventouse. Prolapses can be quite mild with a little bit of bulging or can be more severe when the bulge actually protrudes from the vagina. So what does this feel like? Discomfort, heaviness, “something coming down” – worse at the end of the day perhaps or after more strenuous activity.

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Other contributing factors to pelvic organ prolapse is:

  • Menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Constipation
  • Persistent coughing

These factors can put a lot of strain through the pelvic floor and can cause prolapse.

Changing your lifestyle, diet and activities alongside strengthening the pelvic floor with physiotherapy will help with symptoms. There are also internal supports you can use called pessaries which are inserted into the vagina and help to keep its walls up. If it’s a more severe case and other options haven’t helped then surgery is an option. Needless to say, there are plenty of avenues for help so book an appointment for the best advice.

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  • How to find us

    We are located just outside the town centre at Ebley Wharf, on the ground floor of the Stroud District Council building. Follow the A419 to the Cainscross roundabout and then take Westward Road (B4008). Turn left to Ebley Wharf.

  • Opening times

    Monday to Friday
    8.30am – 7.30pm

    Saturday
    8.30am – 12.30pm

  • Stroud Clinic

    Ebley Mill
    Ebley Wharf
    Stroud Glos
    GL5 4UB

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk

  • Gloucester Clinic

    Riverside Sports & Leisure Club
    St Oswald’s Road
    Gloucester
    GL1 2TF

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk