What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
 
  Pelvic support comes from the pelvic floor muscles, fascia (connective tissue), and ligaments. As the pelvic floor muscles weaken, it creates a strain on the supporting ligaments and fascia, causing the surrounding organs to drop.

Factors contributing to the weakening of the pelvic floor include:
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Aging and menopause
  • Obesity
  • Large uterine fibroids
  • Chronic coughing or straining
  • Heavy lifting
  • Spinal cord conditions and injury
  • Previous pelvic surgery
  • Ethnicity
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can often be managed and successfully treated through pelvic floor exercises, physical therapy, pessaries, healthy diet, weight loss, control of diabetes, cessation of cigarette smoking and occasional medications.


 
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