What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse usually occurs during childbirth, when, because the muscles that hold the organ get weaker; then, the organ descends from its usual place, typically towards the vagina, The organs that can be affected by this condition are: bladder, urethra, small bowel, vagina and uterus. In most cases, pelvic organ prolapse causes pain and discomfort, but it rarely gets to be a serious, life-threatening ailment. Some patients find that the condition disappears on itself after a while, but others need treatment. Whatever the case, the decision to begin treatment or not lies with a doctor.
Pelvic organ prolapse treatment
Many women who experience pelvic organ prolapse can solve this issue by changing their lifestyle; one of the factors that favors organs to descend is obesity, so a healthier diet and exercise can help. Another way to treat this condition implies the use of a device called “pressary”; placed inside the vagina, this supports the organs and prevents them from falling even more. In the most severe cases, a surgical intervention may be needed.
When should you see a doctor?
Some symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse mean that the condition might be serious and that it requires immediate medical attention:
- You experience pain in your pelvic or lower back area
- Sexual intercourse is difficult or painful
- You feel a bulge inside your vagina or coming out of it
- You experience difficulty having a bowel movement
- You suffer from incontinence
Pelvic organ prolapse in Barrie, Ontario
If you experience any of the symptoms above or other post-childbirth difficulties, Dr. Evgenia Fefelova at the Mapleview Medical Center can diagnose your condition and find the right treatment. We place a great importance on all our patients’ health and quality of life, so feel free to call us even if the symptoms are not severe or you are not certain of what they mean. We can help you avoid complications and increase your life quality.