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.
Other contributing factors to pelvic organ prolapse is:
- Being overweight
- 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.