Pelvic Prolapse in St. George, UT

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When a woman’s pelvic floor muscles are stretched or weakened, the pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, small intestines and rectum) can shift out of position or sag through the layer of muscles and ligaments, resulting in a condition known as prolapse. It may be helpful to think of prolapse as hernia of the vagina.

There are several types of prolapse:

  • Cystocele: the bladder falls into the vagina
  • Uterine Prolapse: the cervix and uterus fall down into the vagina
  • Vaginal Prolapse: in severe cases of uterine prolapse, the vagina may fall out of the body too
  • Enterocele: the small intestine falls down into the vagina
  • Rectocele: the rectum/large intestine falls forward on the vagina
  • Rectal Prolapse: the rectum falls through the anus. Can occur in men too.

Women who have had multiple pregnancies or given birth vaginally are at higher risk for prolapsed organs. However, prolapse can also occur in women who have never given birth. Heavy lifting, coughing often, obesity, menopause and previous pelvic surgery can also be associated with prolapse.

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Symptoms of prolapse include:

  • The need to urinate frequently or right away
  • Incontinence or urinary leakage
  • Not feeling empty immediately after urinating
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Discomfort or pain in the vagina, pelvis, lower abdomen, groin or lower back
  • Painful intercourse
  • In severe cases, you may even see a bulging in the vaginal area

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