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The pelvic organs are held in place by ligaments and connective tissue while being supported underneath by the pelvic floor muscle. If the ligaments, tissue or muscle become stretched, weak or damaged, one or more organs may drop out of place, putting everything out of alignment and impacting function.
Prolapses generally occur due to extreme or repeated strain and downward pressure which stretches and weakens supporting tissue. This includes:
Scientific papers suggest that the long-held belief that the loss of oestrogen associated with menopause causes a loss of muscle strength isn’t conclusive. Although the lack of oestrogen can lead to a thinning and weakening of muscles, physical activity can prevent this decline, including exercising the pelvic floor muscle.
Here we have discussed the four main types of prolapse, each relating to the organ involved experienced by a woman due to a weak pelvic floor.
Prolapses can happen gradually and may not start with noticeable symptoms. Your doctor might be the first to notice during a routine gynecological examination, such as a pap test. Symptoms of prolapse can vary in both type and severity depending on which organ or organs are involved and how far they’ve shifted but include:
Prolapse can cause stress incontinence as well as blockages and difficulty establishing and maintaining urine flow when voiding.
It can also prevent the bladder from being completely emptied, a condition called Urinary Retention, which contributes to continence issues, including UTIs
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You must see a health care professional to obtain a diagnosis that will identify the organs involved and the severity. This will usually start with a physical examination and may also include an ultra-sound and tests of the bladder function.
Prolapse treatment varies depending on the symptoms. You may not need treatment if the problem does not bother you and you can do your daily chores without distractions. However, if it is severe, consult your doctor and they can help you decide which treatment will work best for you. Suggestions may include:
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If you suspect you have the symptoms of prolapse, consult your physician as soon as possible. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. There are several preventive measures that can be taken. It will help to avoid a prolapse and may even assist in improving mild cases.
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