Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptoms and Treatments

Kidney, the womb, and colon are all located around the vaginal canal. Because of the way these organs are arranged, it is easy for them to herniate or bulge in to the natural canal when supporting tissues in the pelvic region become weak. Such bulges are called prolapses.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Prolapse can result in heaviness and distress within the vagina, even the unwanted loss of urine, or issues utilizing the bathroom. Whenever a prolapse is big, muscle might even be viewed hanging outside the vagina.

What are the symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Although your symptoms may differ slightly, you may notice any of the following with a prolapse –

  • A bulge in your vagina that ranges in size from quite small to very large
  • Discomfort or pressure in your pelvis or vagina
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Trouble emptying your bladder
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Lower back pain
  • Increased discomfort with long periods of standing
  • Improved discomfort with lying down

How is Pelvic Organ Prolapse treated?

  • Avoid constipation and straining during bowel movements.
  • Use Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the pelvic organs.
  • Use biofeedback therapy to retrain your pelvic muscles.
  • Wear a pessary inside the vaginal canal to support the prolapsed tissue.
  • Add a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication or topical cream.
  • Surgery can restore your prolapsed pelvic tissues to their normal position.

Hormone Placement Therapy

Sofar, the oral estrogen in HRT has not been reliably demonstrated to provide comfort to those struggling with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. For this reason, and because oral estrogen has a great number of possible unwanted effects, we do not recommend starting HRT for the main purpose of treating these problems.

Surgical Treatment

Your decision to get prolapse surgery can be an important one that must be made only after receiving most of the options and details from your own doctor. Ultimately, it’s your decision to choose whenever your total well being could be improved with surgery.

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