Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment - Columbus gynecologistPelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ-such as your bladder-drops (prolapses) from its normal spot in your lower belly and pushes against the walls of your vagina. This can happen when the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place get weak or stretched.

Pelvic organ prolapse is most often linked to strain during childbirth.  You may also get pelvic organ prolapse if you have surgery to remove your uterus (hysterectomy). Removing the uterus can sometimes leave other organs in the pelvis with less support.

Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • Pressure from pelvic organs pressing against the vaginal wall.
  • Feeling very full in your lower belly.
  • Feeling as if something is falling out of your vagina.
  • Feeling a pull or stretch in your groin area or pain in your lower back.
  • Releasing urine without meaning to, or needing to urinate a lot.
  • Pain in your vagina during sex.
  • Problems with your bowels, such as constipation.

Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Decisions about your treatment will be made based on which pelvic organs have prolapsed and how bad your symptoms are.  If your symptoms are mild, you may be able to do things at home to help yourself feel better.

If you still have symptoms, your doctor may have you fitted with a device called a pessary to help with the pain and pressure of pelvic organ prolapse. But if you have a severe prolapse, you may have trouble keeping a pessary in place.

Surgery is another treatment option for serious symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. But you may want to delay having surgery if you plan to have children. The strain of childbirth could cause your prolapse to come back.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult with our Columbus gynecologist.  Just call Columbus Central Obstetrics and Gynecology today at (706) 507-6306 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a member of our experienced and caring staff.

Columbus gynecologist – Dr. Otto Umana specializes in diagnosing & treating (e.g. with laparoscopy, hormonal treatments etc.) the gynecological causes of pelvic pain like ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids and adhesions. The other causes can be dealt with by correct referral and treatment by other specialty doctors.

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