What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition that affects many women, particularly those who have experienced childbirth or the menopause. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ drops out of its normal position, causing discomfort as well as urinary and bladder dysfunction.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, our team of expert private gynaecologists can help diagnose and devise a personalised treatment plan tailored for you.

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse

Many women will experience a range of mild to severe physical symptoms. The main ones noted are:

  • pelvic pain
  • changes to the shape or feel of the vagina
  • bladder or bowel problems, including urinary incontinence
  • problems during sexual intercourse

Causes of pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the tissues supporting the pelvic organ, such as the bladder or vagina for example, weaken causing the organ to slip out of place. The supporting tissue can be stretched or damaged during to childbirth or due to ageing.

Our private gynaecologists will conduct a full clinical examination, including asking questions about your medical history and listening to you about how you’re feeling. They may also recommend a pelvic ultrasound and urodynamic testing.

Pelvic organ prolapse treatment

There are a range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse. Our team of gynaecology experts will tailor a pelvic organ prolapse management plan specific to your condition. This can include but isn’t limited to:

  • lifestyle changes
  • pelvic floor exercises
  • vaginal pessary

We offer various minimally invasive surgical options for pelvic organ prolapse, reducing risk and allowing for shorter hospital stays.

  • vaginal prolapse repair (anterior and posterior colporrhaphy)
  • vaginal hysterectomy
  • vaginal reconstruction
  • laparoscopic sacrohysteropexy

Our highly experienced gynaecologists will discuss all options to find a treatment that suits you.

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