Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more pelvic organs towards the vaginal or anal opening. It is caused from lack of support in the pelvis, including from the pelvic floor muscles and/or connective tissue. There are several types of prolapse:
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The prevalence of prolapse is widely variable depending on the source of study, but in general it's estimated that at least 50-75% of women will have some degree of vaginal wall change during their lifetime.
Prolapse can occur due to times of increased intra-abdominal pressure for extended periods of time.
There are 4 grades of prolapse, but the severity of symptoms do not always match the grade. For example, someone could have a lot of symptoms with a grade 1 prolapse and someone else could have very little symptoms with a grade 3 prolapse.
Pelvic floor physical therapy has been shown to help improve the support of the prolapse and improve symptoms! All of the following components are involved in treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and are addressed through pelvic floor physical therapy:
It's important to understand that you can still run, jump, exercise, and play with your kids with prolapse with the right kind of support!