Pelvic organ prolapse refers to the prolapse - or dropping - of any of the pelvic floor organs, including the uterus, bladder, small bowel, vagina or rectum.
Factors like pregnancy, childbirth, age, weight and recent hysterectomy can all cause weak pelvic muscles. Without proper muscle support, your pelvic organs may begin to sag, bulge or push on the walls of the vagina.
As the condition worsens, your bladder, uterus or rectum may drop out of its normal position and start to push against the walls of your vagina. This condition is known as pelvic prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse. If you’re suffering from this condition, reconstructive pelvic surgery may be the best way to help relieve your symptoms.
There are four main types of pelvic prolapse, including:
If you have a mild case of pelvic prolapse, you may opt to refrain from pelvic prolapse treatment and wait for the condition to resolve on its own. If your symptoms are more frequent and impairing, talk to your doctor about your pelvic reconstruction treatment options.