Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) refers to the condition where one or more of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, vagina, or bowel) herniates or bulges against the vaginal wall. This can occur at any age, but is more prevalent in post-menopausal women who have had multiple children. This condition is caused by a weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, and fascia (a network of supportive tissue).
Although surgery is a treatment option, many women don’t realize that this can be avoided by learning how to appropriately strengthen the pelvic floor.
If surgery is being considered, pelvic floor muscle strengthening can improve outcomes and decrease post-operative complications.
Another option of treatment for POP is the use of a pessary. This is a removable device that is placed in the vagina to help support the weakening vaginal walls. Although this will not correct a POP, it can be a great management option, especially for those women trying to avoid surgery.
Although POP is not a life threatening condition, it can cause discomfort during intercourse and may increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
The providers at Southern Arizona Center for Pelvic Health have specialized training in non-surgical treatment options for POP, including pelvic floor rehabilitation and pessary fitting. Don’t put off treatment any longer…call today for a comprehensive evaluation.