Pelvic Floor Prolapse

A pelvic floor prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor that supports the organs of the pelvic region--such as the bladder, rectum and cervix--weakens, causing the organs to drop out of position. Symptoms include pelvic pain and discomfort, bulging, incontinence and difficulties having sex. Many women have some degree of prolapse, but may be asymptomatic. Risk factors for this disorder include genetic predesposition, frequent constipation, obesety and connective tissue disorders.


Treatment Options

Treatment options for POP include pelvic floor exercises and installation of a device called a pessary, which supports the prolapsed organs. For some patients, surgery may be required.

Information provided by the Urology department of UCLA.