While pelvic organ prolapse sounds ominous, the fact is that many women experience some degree of shifting in their pelvic organs. If the prolapse is severe or involves several organs, however, it can lead to incontinence and sexual dysfunction. At Orlando Urogynecology in Orlando, Florida, Kathy Y. Jones, MD, FPMRS, FACOG, specializes in female pelvic medicine and offers several treatments that will get you back the quality of life you desire. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
Pelvic organ prolapse describes a condition where the muscles and ligaments holding many of your pelvic organs in place become compromised, allowing your organs to shift (often downward).
This problem usually starts with a weakness in your pelvic floor: a group of muscles that stretches from your pubic bone to your tailbone, which provides support for your organs.
The organs typically associated with pelvic organ prolapse include your:
Most women experience some degree of prolapse during their lives, which is entirely natural. However, prolapses differ in degrees of shifting, and sometimes several organs prolapse together, requiring medical intervention by a specialist such as Dr. Jones.
The three main culprits behind pelvic organ prolapse are:
Age and the decrease in hormones work together to weaken the muscles in your pelvic region, which can result in prolapse.
If you’ve had your uterus removed, the support your uterus provided to your neighboring organs is gone, which can result in prolapse.
Childbirth puts an incredible strain on your pelvic muscles and ligaments. Sometimes your body is unable to recover, leaving you with a weakened pelvic floor that can lead to pelvic organ prolapse.
The symptoms of prolapse depend on the extent of the prolapse, and which organ has shifted. In general terms, prolapse may be at play if you experience any of the following:
When it comes to treating pelvic organ prolapse, look no further than Dr. Jones, who specializes in female pelvic medicine and pelvic floor disorders. As a urogynecologist, Dr. Jones offers numerous solutions to address every situation.
Dr. Jones’s minimally invasive options include:
If your prolapse is severe, Dr. Jones offers several aggressive options, including:
For the best in pelvic organ prolapse solutions, call Orlando Urogynecology, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.