What is PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE?
Prolapse is when a female’s organs, including the bladder, uterus, & rectum, slips over time. This can create a lump in the vagina when the muscles and tissues that support those organs become weak, usually in older age.
Causes may include:
- Child birth
- Heavy lifting
- Chronic coughing
- Previous pelvic surgery
The Types of PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE
Prolapse, sometimes referred to as a hernia, has a different name, depending on the organ affected:
Vaginal vault prolapse – the upper area of the vagina deteriorates in shape and drops into the vaginal canal.
- Enterocele – when the small intestine bunches up in between the uterus and rectum or lump together on the top of the vagina
- Rectocele – the rectum bunches together into the posterior vaginal wall
- Cystocele – also known as bladder prolapse, is a very common type of pelvic organ prolapse.
- Rectal prolapse– the rectum protrudes through the anus
- Urethrocele – when the woman’s urethra drops in the vagina
- Uterine prolapse–when the uterus slips in the vagina
- Vaginal prolapse– the walls of the vagina drop and cause it to turn inside out
- – Sexual intercourse that causes pain or discomfort A bulge outside the vagina
- – Difficulty urinating
- – Constipation
- – Random sensations of something dropping out of the vagina
- – Stress incontinence
- – Frequent urinary infections
- – Pain in the groin, vagina, pelvis, lower abdomen or lower back
- – Feeling of Vaginal heaviness
- – Sensitive or vaginal tissue that protrudes and/or bleeds