Certain illnesses may contribute to a weakening of the pelvic muscles and connective tissue, increasing the risk of pelvic organ prolapse. These include illnesses that cause a chronic cough, such as a lung disorder; illnesses that lead to obesity, such as mobility issues; chronic constipation; pelvic nerve disorders; tumors; and illnesses that require pelvic surgery, such as a hysterectomy or corrective surgery for incontinence. Some birth defects, known as connective tissue disorders, might also affect the strength of the pelvic muscles, connective tissue, and pelvic organs, thus increasing the risk of pelvic organ prolapse.
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Kevin Windom, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
Any illness that could cause a weakness of the connective tissue can increase problems with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Also chronic illnesses that cause a significant amount of coughing can increase problems with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Lastly any problems that will cause constipation or in which a patient has to take medication that can cause constipation can increase the problems with pelvic organ prolapse (POP).