Pelvic organ prolapse is one type of pelvic floor disorder. It occurs when the muscles and tissue that support the pelvic organs weaken, and the pelvic organs "slip out of place" or start to sag. Without support, these organs may press down, and bulge through the vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse includes:
- Uterine prolapse: protrusion of the uterus into or through the vagina
- Vaginal prolapse: protrusion of the top of the vagina into or through the lower part of the vagina
- Cystocele: protrusion of the bladder into the vagina
- Rectocele: protrusion of the rectum into the vagina
- Enterocele: protrusion of the small intestine into the vagina
Vaginal prolapse symptoms, as well as signs of uterine prolapse and other pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Feeling a heavy sensation in the vagina that worsens as the day progresses
- Urinating frequently, having difficulty starting the urine stream, spraying of the urine stream and difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- Urinary leakage during intercourse
- Difficulty having bowel movements
At Holy Cross Health, our team of urogynecologists—physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse—provide expert diagnosis and treatment, including a number of effective, innovative minimally invasive vaginal prolapse surgeries.
For more information about Gynecologic Surgery at Holy Cross Health, please fill out our brief contact form or call Stephanie Heller, program director at 301-754-7501.
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