PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

Inside a women's pelvis are organs including the bladder, uterus and rectum (back passage).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when one or more of the organs in the pelvis drop. It can cause a heavy dragging sensation in your lower abdomen or vagina. You may also feel a bulge at the entrance to your vagina. This can be bothersome and annoying.

PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE

Inside a women's pelvis are organs including the bladder, uterus and rectum (back passage).

These organs are held in place within your pelvis from above via tissues called "fascia" and "ligaments". The pelvic floor muscles also provide upward support acting as a hammock - holding the weight of these organs from below.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when one or more of the organs in the pelvis drop. It can cause a heavy dragging sensation in your lower abdomen or vagina. You may also feel a bulge at the entrance to your vagina. This can be bothersome and annoying. It can also have a huge impact on your life, making life uncomfortable and normal every day activities unpleasant.

Many women experience pelvic organ prolapse but please be reassured that you don’t have to live with it or suffer in silence. Help is available at The Salveo clinic.In many cases symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can be improved and its progression prevented.

Common symptoms

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    A heavy or dragging feeling in the vagina, especially later in the day

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    A bulge at the entrance to your vagina

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    Discomfort with prolonged standing

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    Increased discomfort with general exercise

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    A negative effect on intimacy

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    Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel

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    Problems passing urine – such as slow stream, a feeling of not emptying the bladder fully, needing to urinate more often and leaking a small amount of urine

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    Low back or abdominal aching

Possible causes of pelvic organ prolapse

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    Pregnancy and childbirth

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    Weak pelvic floor muscle

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    Constipation

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    Chronic Cough

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    Heavy Lifting

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    Obeisity

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    Ageing & Menopause

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    Strenuous Sports

How can we help?

The NICE guidelines show that you can successfully reduce prolapse symptoms and stop the progression through a personalised pelvic health exercise program designed and managed by a women’s health physiotherapist.

What to expect

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    A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan

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    Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program

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    Progression of your program and application to daily activities

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    Suggested modifications in daily activities to minimise risk factors and maximise your function

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