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 connective tissue. The organs and structures that can be affected include the vagina, uterus, cervix, bladder, urethra, rectum, and small intestine. Depending on the severity of the prolapse and the organ affected, the effects on the body can be minor and cause few or no symptoms or they can be severe enough to cause pain, urinary or bowel incontinence, and other complications.
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my pelvic organ prolapse symptoms?
- Q What is pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q How do other illnesses affect pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q When should I call my doctor if I have pelvic organ prolapse?
- Q Is pelvic organ prolapse serious?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with pelvic organ prolapse?