PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

18 Jul PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

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.)

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