Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and tissues become weak or
damaged and can no longer provide support to the organs. This can cause one or more of
your pelvic organs to descend towards or beyond your vaginal opening.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Seeing or feeling a bulge or “something coming out” of the vagina
- A feeling of pressure, discomfort, aching, heaviness, or fullness in the pelvis
- Pelvic pressure that gets worse with standing or coughing or as the day goes on
- Leaking urine (incontinence) or problems having a bowel movement
- Problems inserting tampons
- Uncomfortable pressure with sexual intercourse, inserting a tampon, and/or exercise
Common causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse:
• Vaginal childbirth
• Long-term pressure on your abdomen, including pressure from obesity, chronic
coughing, or straining often during bowel movements
• Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 8½ pounds
• Hormonal changes during menopause.
• Family history.
Being active is important for our overall wellbeing. Staying active while experiencing
pelvic organ prolapse is an important piece of the rehabilitation puzzle. Your
physiotherapist can help you evaluate your current activities and make suggestions if
necessary. Below are some principles to keep in mind: Listen to your body when doing your day-to-day activities and exercise. Avoid activities that require you to strain or hold your breath
Increase gradually: Once your technique is solid and you have good pelvic floor,
abdominal and breath control.
Resting in a constructive rest position can help to reduce feelings of pressure. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can help you learn to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to improve the amount of pelvic floor descent and reduce the level of bothersome of your
pelvic organ prolapse!