Female Reproductive System Disorders
- Q What increases my risk for pelvic organ prolapse?
Pregnancy and vaginal delivery of your baby are most likely to increase your risk for pelvic organ prolapse. The more babies you deliver vaginally, the more your risk increases. Also, having surgery in the pelvic area increases the likelihood that the... Full Answer
- Q How does surgery treat pelvic organ prolapse?
In severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse where other treatment methods have not alleviated the symptoms, surgery may be the treatment of choice. During this type of surgery, a surgeon repairs the weakened or damaged portion of the pelvic muscles and... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat pelvic organ prolapse?
In some cases, some symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse might be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications. For example, if bowel movements are an issue, your doctor might have you take laxatives to soften your stools. If you are... Full Answer
- Q What causes pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is caused by the failure of weakened or injured muscles and connective tissue in a woman's pelvis. The pelvic muscles and connective tissue stretch or break, allowing a pelvic organ, such as the uterus, cervix, bladder, urethra,... Full Answer
- Q How does pelvic organ prolapse affect the body?
With a pelvic organ prolapse, one or more of a woman's pelvic organs drop or push into her vaginal canal. Sometimes the organ protrudes out of the vagina as well. A prolapse is caused by a failure of weakened or damaged pelvic muscles, ligaments, and... Full Answer
- Q Can pelvic organ prolapse be prevented?
You can help prevent pelvic organ prolapse by addressing the risk factors that are within your control. For example, you can try to lose weight if you are obese. If you have a chronic cough, you can try to address the underlying cause, such as by... Full Answer
- Q What is a pessary?
Dr. Kevin Windom, Obstetrics & GynecologyA pessary is an intravaginal device that is usually made out of rubber. It is used to help with pelvic organ prolapse. When a patient has a cystocele, rectocele, or enterocele, these hernias can bulge into the vagina causing a significant amount of... Full Answer