The pelvic floor disorder known as prolapse is common, but embarrassing and uncomfortable. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the team of providers who work out of offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres, Florida can help diagnose, evaluate, and treat prolapse to restore your quality of life. Call the office, or book an appointment online to learn more about pelvic organ prolapse and treatment.
In many women, the tissue of the pelvic floor, which consists of muscles and connective tissue, deteriorates. The tissues lose strength and elasticity and as a result, cannot adequately hold up the organs in your pelvis. The organs typically affected are the:
You might develop the weakness in tissue because of the normal aging process, a sedentary lifestyle, or childbirth.
When prolapse occurs, these organs drop and sometimes descend into the vagina. Approximately one-third of all women may experience some form of prolapse in their lifetime.
Mild cases of prolapse may cause no symptoms, but you may also experience one or more of the following:
You may also feel like something is falling out of the vagina and may be able to palpate an organ through your vaginal opening. Exactly what symptoms experience depends on what organ is prolapsed. For example, urinary incontinence usually occurs when the bladder is affected, and constipation may suggest you have prolapse of the bowel or rectum.
If you have risk factors of prolapse, including a family history, difficult vaginal deliveries, obesity, or advanced age, the doctors may suspect prolapse is the cause of your pelvic floor symptoms.
The doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida may detect prolapse through a pelvic exam. If you describe symptoms of prolapse, they may conduct a CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound that reveals evidence or prolapse, too.
The severity of your symptoms dictates treatment. You may undergo physical therapy to restore muscle strength to your pelvic floor through Kegel exercises. Minor surgery to place a pessary is another possibility. A pessary is a plastic device that supports drooping organs.
In severe cases, surgery to repair supporting tissue or remove the offending organ, such as a hysterectomy, is possible.
To learn more about pelvic organ prolapse, call the office of Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.