What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a prolapse, or a "falling out of place," of the pelvic organs from their regular healthy positions. The causes of prolapsed organs can vary from giving birth to having a hysterectomy, or even for no identifiable reason.
Pelvic organ prolapse affects more than 20 million women worldwide. Around 200,000 surgeries and procedures are performed annually in the United States. Although pelvic organ prolapse may not be life-threatening, it is definitely a life-altering condition that can cause stress and anxiety.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms
Pelvic organ prolapse (uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse, etc.) symptoms include difficulty with urinating and bowel movement as well as pain during sexual intercourse. Along with these symptoms, discomfort, pain, bleeding, and a drooping or sagging feeling can occur.
In spite of the tremendous discomfort, many women feel that they cannot talk with their family or friends about this problem. However, if symptoms are ignored, they will only become worse.
Initial Prolapse Symptoms:
- Feeling something in your pelvic area when bathing
- Feeling as if something is pushing against you when sitting
- Discomfort in the abdomen
- Frequent urination or frequent urgency to urinate
- Bleeding and spotting
- Symptoms become stronger in the afternoon or evening
Feeling as if something is pushing against you when sitting down
Discomfort in the abdomen
Not feeling relieved even after using the toilet
Symptoms become stronger in the afternoon or evening
Typical Prolapse Symptoms and Conditions
With uterine prolapse, the uterus falls down into the vagina, pulling on ligaments and causing pain. If symptoms progress, the uterus begins to descend outside the body, accompanied by pain and bleeding.
Bladder prolapse, also known as cystocele, is the most common pelvic organ prolapse. It is a condition where the bladder falls down into the vagina. In the beginning, many women with bladder prolapse suffer from urinary incontinence. As the condition progresses, the bladder becomes lower than the urethra, so urine is cut off and is not sufficiently released even after urination, or urinating becomes difficult. If this happens, the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder is also impaired, resulting in hydronephrosis and renal failure.
With rectocele, the rectum begins to bulge into the vagina, causing constipation or other difficulties with bowel movements. Depending on the severity of the condition, some women can only empty their bowels by pushing the rectum that has fallen into the vagina back into place by hand.
Enterocele / Vaginal Vault Prolapse
Enterocele and vaginal vault prolapse can occur when the uterus has been surgically removed and the innermost part of the vagina hangs down.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Causes
There are many causes of pelvic organ prolapse, but chronically applying pressure on the abdomen is one that is not often considered. Some of the ways this can occur are:
- Hay fever
- Work that requires you to stand
- Certain sports
Putting constant pressure on the abdomen with a corset or girdle for long periods of time, or lifting heavy objects while doing daily tasks can also lead to pelvic organ prolapse.
Menopause and aging are also major factors, and women who have previously had a hysterectomy are more susceptible. This causes a loss of support in the pelvis because the uterus was previously supported by ligaments. In addition, because a cavity is formed in the abdomen, other organs may begin to descend.
Risks due to childbirth include having:
- Had a vaginal delivery
- Given birth to a large baby over 3,500 grams (7.7 pounds)
- Given birth at a later age
- Had perineal incisions
- Smoked during pregnancy
There are also cases in which the uterus comes out with the baby (sudden uterine prolapse) through vacuum-assisted delivery or the use of forceps during delivery.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatments
There are two main treatment categories for pelvic organ prolapse.
- Non-surgical treatments
Which treatment option you choose depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Type of prolapse
- Degree of progression
- Severity of symptoms
- Physical condition
- Whether or not you want to have children
People can now consider a new treatment option: FemiCushion. For women with early-to-middle stage prolapse, FemiCushion helps prevent symptoms from progressing and improves mild prolapse conditions, as well as offering a temporary support solution before and after prolapse surgery.
Giving You Relief and Comfort
For women with pelvic organ prolapse who want surgery and have gathered up the courage to go to the hospital, there are not many doctors that can perform the surgery. While the examination for pelvic organ prolapse is handled by gynecology, urology, or female outpatient clinics, there are still few specialists who can properly treat this condition. But there’s a new solution. FemiCushion is a natural, at-home prolapse treatment option that works.
Do any of these conditions match what you go through every day?
- I'm unable to stand for long periods of time.
- I have difficulty doing housework like cooking and vacuuming.
- I have difficulty shopping at the supermarket.
- I have difficulty climbing stairs even at home.
- I worry that all I can do is sit at home.
- My symptoms stop me from going out with friends and family.
If so, FemiCushion can help you improve your pelvic organ prolapse and help you reclaim your life!