Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when support of the pelvic floor is weakened, which can lead to a bulge of the bladder, uterus or intestines. Symptoms may include a heaviness or fullness in the pelvic region, painful sex, difficulty urinating or moving your bowels and an aching sensation in your lower abdomen.
There are several non-surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse:
- Insertion of a small device called a pessary into the vagina to support the pelvic organs.
- Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- Weight loss to reduce pressure in the pelvic area.
If you have tried the above treatments and your symptoms are severe enough to make daily life difficult, you may be a candidate for surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the different options for restoring your organs to their proper position.