Prolapse

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

Pregnancy, childbirth, aging, and hormonal changes affect many parts of your body, including the pelvic muscles that support your abdominal organs. Prolapse occurs when these muscles weaken, causing the organs to fall into your vagina. The board-certified physicians at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates, with offices in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, can provide treatment to improve muscle tone and relieve symptoms. Call today or book an appointment online.

Prolapse Q & A

What is prolapse?

Prolapse is a medical term used to describe the slipping down of your organs. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition that affects many women. It occurs when the pelvic muscles that support your pelvic organs, which include the uterus, bladder, and rectum, weaken and cause the organs to slip down into the vagina.

You’re more at risk of pelvic organ prolapse if your pelvic muscles have been stressed by pregnancy and childbirth. Hormonal changes and aging can also cause these muscles to weaken.

What are the types of pelvic organ prolapse?

There are different types of pelvic organ prolapse, which are categorized based on the organs affected. The types include:

  • Cystocele: dropped bladder into or out of the vagina
  • Rectocele: dropped rectum into or out of the vagina
  • Uterine prolapse: when the uterus bulges into or out of the vagina
  • Enterocele: small bowel prolapse, which can occur with a uterine prolapse

Cystocele is the most common type of prolapse.

What are the symptoms of prolapse?

With a prolapse, you may feel an uncomfortable pressure in your vagina. You may also see a bulge from the protruding organ. Other symptoms include:

  • Aching or fullness in your pelvis
  • Incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty inserting a tampon

You may notice that your symptoms are worse after physical activity or during certain times of the day.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact the specialists at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates for help.

How is prolapse treated?

Treatment for your prolapse varies and may depend on the type, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Your specialist at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates may recommend conservative treatments to start, such as pelvic floor exercises and diet changes.

Your specialist may also recommend a pessary, which is a device you insert in your vagina to provide additional support to your pelvic muscles.

If these treatments fail to improve your symptoms, your specialist may recommend surgery to repair the prolapse or close the vagina.

You shouldn’t be embarrassed if you’re experiencing pelvic prolapse. The team at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates can develop the best treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Call today or book online.

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