At Woodlands OBGYN of The Woodlands, TX, we work directly with women to help them understand their intimate health. This includes having open conversations with patients about what might otherwise be considered an embarrassing condition. Women with pelvic organ prolapse are strongly encouraged to speak to our team of professionals about their condition to receive treatment and know they are not alone!
What is pelvic organ prolapse, and how common is it?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the pelvic organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or rectum, protrude into or out of the vagina. This can happen when the muscles and ligaments that support these organs become weak or stretched. Pelvic organ prolapse is common among women who have had children vaginally. It can also be caused by obesity, menopause, and other factors.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:
- A heaviness feeling in the pelvic area
- Discomfort or pain in the pelvic area
- Urinary incontinence
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty emptying the bladder fully
- Difficulty emptying the bowels
- Pain during sex
How is this condition treated?
Pelvic organ prolapse is treated with a variety of different methods that will vary depending on the severity of the pelvic organ prolapse. Some options may include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding activities that strain the pelvic floor, such as lifting heavy objects. Surgery may also be necessary to repair the prolapse if it is more severe and highly bothersome. The doctors at Woodlands OBGYN Associates will encourage women to try less invasive ways to address the problem before recommending surgical interventions. During surgery, a sling or other device may be placed to hold the organs higher and support them better if the vaginal canal is too weak to do so and other treatment options have failed.
Is your daily life impacted by pelvic organ prolapse?
If so, it may be time to talk to Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson of Woodlands OBGYN Associates about the options for treatment available for you. Call 281-364-9898 to request an appointment at our practice and start to open the conversation about this and other intimate conditions that we can assist with.