Classic Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Classic Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse affects approximately one-third of all women at some point in their lifetime. This is a type of Pelvic Floor Disorder that may come on after the strain of childbirth, with age, obesity or with chronic constipation. The pelvic floor muscles create a type of hammock across the pelvic opening that keeps organs such the bladder, small bowel, uterus and rectum, in place. When the muscles weaken, they allow one of more of these organs to “fall out” of place.

With issues such as age, obesity and childbirth the pelvic floor muscles can weaken and create certain problems. Though POP sometimes has no symptoms, it is common for a few indicators to appear that might be ignored as simple fatigue or backache. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Low back pain
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the pelvic area
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary leakage
  • Chronic urge to urinate

If you’ve consistently noticed one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Lobby and have it checked out. Dr. Lobby can teach patients how to perform Kegel exercises and strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Depending upon the cause of the POP, she might also recommend other treatments, remedies or medications.

Determining the Cause of POP

The symptoms of this disorder will often depend upon which organ is drooping. In cases where the rectum is prolapsing, you might notice pain with intercourse or constant constipation. If the small intestine is prolapsing, you might experience pain in the low back. If your bladder is drooping, you may experience consistent urine leakage. Symptoms of uterine prolapse include uncomfortable intercourse and backache.

For instance, chronic constipation is easily dealt with by using fiber products like Metamucil. It’s important to ensure regular, healthy bowel movements throughout your lifetime, though the American diet does suffer some due to the fast-paced lifestyle.

If left untreated, POP can worsen and cause repeated infections or constant bladder leakage problems. As you learn exactly what has caused this condition, you and your doctor can work together to resolve the causes and prevent the condition from worsening. Dr. Lobby is committed to helping women get and stay healthy throughout their lifetime. If you have questions or suspect that you might have pelvic organ prolapse, please call to schedule an appointment.