18 Jul PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE
Approximately 75% of women develop some degree of pelvic organ prolapse (where the bladder, uterus or bowel descend into the vagina) during their lifetime. 1 in 3 will have prolapse either to the level of, or beyond, their vaginal entrance.
There is a risk of developing a prolapse if your pelvic floor muscles are weak, especially if you have: had a baby, any condition where you are subjected to bouts of chronic coughing, chronic constipation, repetitive heavy lifting or high impact exercise.
If you are feeling any heaviness, dragging or a bulge in your vagina you should seek help.
Early intervention may eliminate the need for surgery.
Our service also offers fitting of vaginal support pessaries for the treatment of prolapse, a viable conservative treatment option. In Canada, it is now recommended that pessaries should be considered as a first line conservative treatment option for all women presenting with prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence. (Technical update on pessary use. Journal of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Canada, 2013. Vol 35(7), 664-674.)