POP or Uterine Prolapse, as it is sometimes called, is a condition that involves the weakening of the support of the vagina. This support is necessary because it holds the uterus in place during day-to-day activities. In cases of POP, the uterus may slide from its standard position and in more severe cases the uterus may drop into the vaginal canal. The condition can cause discomfort, have an effect on sexual function, and affect self-confidence.
In mild cases, pelvic organ prolapse may not cause any symptoms. However, over time the uterus may slip further away from the starting position. Then, it will put pressure on other organs. Symptoms in more advanced cases include pain or pressure in pelvis, lower back pain, urinary incontinence or increased urgency, and the potential for recurrent bladder infections.
While women of all ages may potentially deal with pelvic organ prolapse, it is most common in postmenopausal women. Because weakened pelvic muscles are generally the cause of the prolapse, some issues that can lead to it include vaginal childbirth, previous vaginal surgery, estrogen loss, as well as repeated heavy lifting or straining.
Treatment of POP can include non-surgical treatments like the use of a pessary. Early stage POP can be treated with the MonaLisa Touch® laser. Normally, these less-invasive treatments are attempted first. If the condition is more advanced, surgery may be indicated. Dr. Clark will do a thorough consultation and review of your medical history before recommending a treatment plan for you. The goal is to reduce pain and improve the quality of your day-to-day life.
If you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms that you think are associated with POP, it’s important that you speak to your doctor as soon as possible. The faster treatment can begin, the better.