Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when the female pelvic organs fall from their normal position, into or through the vagina. This is seen in older women, especially those who have delivered large babies vaginally.
Smoking and obesity both increase risk. Minor prolapse can be treated with exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor; more serious prolapse, e.g. complete proccidentia, require surgical treatment which may involve complete hysterectomy.
The rectum or urinary bladder may prolapse, if the posterior or anterior wall of the vagina are damaged.
Symptoms may include: a feeling of pressure in the pelvis, or seeing organs protrude from the vagina. The change in position of organs may cause urinary symptoms.
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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2011