What you should know about Pelvic Organ Prolapse

When I heard the word Prolapse for the first time I didn’t have any idea what it was. I was surprised by the fact that it is a very common condition and some women are unaware of any prolapse symptoms.


What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of your pelvic organs: bladder, uterus (womb) and rectum (back passage) bulge into the vagina, in other words fall out of their normal positions.
There are different types of prolapse:

Uterine prolapse, vaginal prolapse, bladder prolapse and bowel prolapse.


Anything that puts pressure on the pelvic floor can result in a prolapse. That is why it is important to keep the pelvic floor muscles strong to hold those organs up in place.


You are more at risk:

  • During Pregnancy and childbirth
  • If any women in your close family have had a prolapse
  • Being overweight
  • If you have a irregular bowel motions
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • During persistent coughing

If you do any activity like running, walking or sneezing, coughing and laughing and can’t hold your urine this is not normal. You must check with your doctor or specialist to manage and treat as soon as possible.
Prolapse has many degrees and stages so the earlier you treat it, the better the results.

Prolapse can usually worsen over time if you don’t treat it, however there is a lot you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to improve the symptoms.

More info go to: www.continence.org.au