Pelvic Organ Prolapse
When the pelvic floor becomes weak, its ability to support the structures within the pelvis becomes compromised. This may result in a pelvic organ prolapse, a common condition referring to the protrusion of one or more of the pelvic floor organs (bladder, bowel, and uterus) into or out of the vagina.
A pelvic organ prolapse is often asymptomatic, and many women with a mild prolapse may be unaware of its presence. Other women may describe a sensation of bulging at or near the vagina, possibly associated with a sensation of pressure, which is aggravated by standing and alleviated by lying down.
Other symptoms of a pelvic organ prolapse may include, but are not limited to:
A sensation of heaviness in the vagina or rectum
Changes in bowel or bladder function (difficulty initiating urination, straining with urination or with bowel movements, constipation)
Discomfort or pain with intercourse
Lower back pain
The symptoms experienced as a result of pelvic organ prolapse can often be improved using conservative strategies. At Integrate, treatments may include postural corrections, lifestyle modifications (constipation management, toileting positions), and retraining of the pelvic floor muscles through exercise
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