Pelvic organ prolapse is very common, especially in women over 50. As pelvic floor muscles weaken, the connective tissues securing the vagina and uterus give way, displacing these organs, as well as the bladder and rectum, toward the vaginal opening. This can lead to bowel or urinary incontinence, feelings of fullness or pain, infections, and discomfort or lack of sensation with intercourse. Occurring in women of all ages, it is more common as women age, particularly in those who have delivered large babies or had exceedingly long pushing phases of labor. Other causes include loss of muscle tone, menopause and estrogen loss, obesity, genetics, pelvic trauma or surgery, repeated heavy lifting, chronic constipation, coughing and certain conditions such as diabetes or connective tissue disorders. If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, talk to one of our providers today about your treatment options.
Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. Other bladder problems can include excessive urgency or frequency of urination, or pain. If your bladder is keeping you from enjoying your life, you are not alone. Though many women believe bladder problems to be a normal part of aging, they can actually afflict women of any age. These issues, which can be caused by a number of problems including, infection, nerve or muscle problems in the bladder, or problems with the urinary tract itself, can be successfully managed and treated. If you are experiencing any of these issues, do not hesitate to discuss your options with your provider – we are here to help you get your life back.
Page Updated November 29, 2012.