Many women experience prolapse of some degree in their lifetime. The latin meaning of prolapse, by Merriam-Webster, is defined as to fall or slide forward. There are many forms of prolapse including uterine, bladder and rectal that we see in women’s health. There are many reasons for prolapse, a few being: normal aging, lack of estrogen, multiple pregnancies, a history of vaginal delivery, smoking and obesity. Some women prior to their diagnosis of prolapse describe their symptoms as a pressure in their pelvis, a bulging at their vagina, feeling like they are sitting on a ball or block, and pain with intercourse.
Prolapse can lead to problems with urination, leaking of urination, difficulty having a bowel movement, pain with intercourse, higher risk of infection, and pain. Prolapse has varying degrees and does not require medical treatment unless causing problems with her life. Prolapse can be diagnosed at our office with a simple pelvic exam, and options to improve your prolapse can be discussed with you at your visit.
If you feel that you may have some degree of prolapse of a pelvic organ please feel free to call our office (703) 858-5599 for a consultation or visit.
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