Pelvic organ prolapse is when a pelvic organ moves from its “normal” place in the body and pushes against the walls of the vagina. The most common organ associated with prolapse is the bladder. Additional organs include the urethra, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum.
- Feeling pressure against the vaginal wall
- Feeling extremely full in the lower belly
- Feeling as if something is falling out of your vagina
- Feeling a pull in your groin area
- Urine incontinence
- Pain during intercourse
- Bowel issues
Risk Factors & Prevention
The “dropping” of these organs happens when the muscles that hold these organs get weak or are stretched. It is most commonly linked to childbirth, but it also may occur in women who have had a hysterectomy. Many women experience some type of pelvic organ prolapse, but it affects everyone differently. For some women, it can be very painful and uncomfortable. On the other hand, it can get better with time for others.