Approximately one out of three women aged 45 or older suffer from some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. By age 80, more than one out of every 10 women will have undergone surgery for prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and the connective tissues holding the vagina in place give way. Once the vagina becomes displaced, the bladder above and the rectum below become affected.

Symptoms include:

  • Bowel movement problems
  • Difficulty voiding
  • Discomfort or lack of sensation during intercourse
  • Excessive vaginal discharge
  • Feelings of pelvic or vaginal heaviness, bulging, fullness or pain
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Urinary frequency
  • Recurrent bladder infections

Aging is a common cause of pelvic prolapse, but other causes may include:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Coughing
  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Menopause and estrogen loss
  • Multiple vaginal deliveries
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic trauma or previous surgery
  • Repeated heavy lifting

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