Pelvic Organ Prolapse: An Important Topic of Discussion
- Posted on: Mar 30 2018
Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, is not a condition that we tend to hear much about. However, due to the problematic nature of the intrusion into the pelvic cavity, and to the fact that there may be ways to minimize the risk of internal sagging, this is a topic that should be discussed.
Pelvic organ prolapse describes a drop in the structure of connective tissue and reproductive organs. The term prolapse means to sag. In some cases, the sagging that occurs within the pelvic cavity is mild. There is a possibility, though, that prolapse may worsen to the degree that bowel movements are adversely affected, or that sexual intercourse becomes painful.
First, we want to say that there are ways to mitigate risks associated with pelvic organ prolapse. Before discussing what those are, we should mention the factors that may lead to a drop in pelvic structure.
Some of the factors that could lead to pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Vaginal childbirth (although pregnancy resulting in C-section is also a risk)
- Family history of this condition
- A job or lifestyle in which heavy lifting is frequently performed
- Chronic coughing
- Chronic constipation
Taking a Proactive Stance Against Pelvic Organ Prolapse
The good news about pelvic organ prolapse is that it is closely related to the overall strength of not only the pelvic floor but the core muscles, those around your midsection. Many women have heard the mantra “do your Kegels.” The performance of pelvic floor exercises can be made easier by taking up a yoga or Pilates practice because the movements in these forms of exercise work both the core and the pelvic floor.
Getting the Help You Need
If you experience symptoms that may indicate pelvic organ prolapse, don’t wait to see your gynecologist. The teams in our Cleburne, Granbury, Willow Park, and Fort Worth offices provide professional care with compassion. Contact us if you experience symptoms such as:
- Urinary incontinence
- Difficulty emptying your bladder
- Chronic pelvic discomfort
- Painful intercourse
- Spotting in between periods
- A sensation of fullness within the vagina
Surgery may be necessary to resolve severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse, but non-surgical treatment options also exist. Learn more about this condition and how it can be addressed. Call 817-776-4722 to schedule your consultation at Grace Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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