How is pelvic organ prolapse diagnosed?

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is usually diagnosed by a pelvic or vaginal exam. When I see patients in my office, I do an extensive pelvic exam in which I take measurements of the different points in the vaginal wall as they are to the opening of the vagina. This is called the POP-Q exam. I then take these points and plot them on the computer and I can show patients a computer model of their pelvic organ prolapse (POP). This helps to explain the problems and makes it much easier for patients to understand different types of treatment options for their problems.

Pelvic organ prolapse is diagnosed by a careful history and physical examination. The physical examination should include a pelvic examination, a rectal examination, and a urine analysis. Additional testing may be necessary depending on the findings.
Pelvic organ prolapse is diagnosed clinically by your primary care physician (PCP) or by your gynecologist.

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