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How do other illnesses affect pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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