Although you may not have seen a commercial on TV or read about it in a magazine, pelvic organ prolapse is a very common reproductive health issue for women. This pelvic floor disorder occurs when an internal organ (typically the uterus, bladder, rectum, or small intestine) loses its position and drops toward or into the vaginal area. Pelvic organ prolapse can affect any woman, but it is more common for women who have undergone a hysterectomy or those who have transitioned into menopause.
Like any other health concern, knowing the warning signs of pelvic organ prolapse can help women know when a visit to their board-certified gynecologist for treatment is in order. Depending on which organ has prolapsed, the symptoms and signs can vary. For instance, bladder leakage may occur as a result of a bladder prolapse. Additionally, back pain is a common side effect of a prolapsed small intestine.
The following things can all be warning signs of a pelvic organ prolapse:
- Pressure or sensitivity in the pelvic area
- Persistent lower back pain
- Pain during sex
- Feeling like something could fall out of the vagina
- Stress urinary incontinence or urge incontinence
- Abnormal bleeding or spotting between periods
Pelvic organ prolapse can be uncomfortable to deal with, but thankfully, it can be treated. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to help women who experience this condition. For more information on pelvic organ prolapse or to request an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and information on our upcoming health and wellness events.