What is it?
A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is when 1 or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina. Most common are the bladder( cystocele), womb (uterine) and bowel (rectocele).
The pelvic floor and connective tissue work to support these organs, which is why pelvic floor exercises are important!
What can cause a prolapse?
Pregnancy and childbirth, menopausal changes, constipation, being overweight, a bad cough, genetics, lifestyle, pelvic injury and age can influence your chances of getting a prolapse.⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are different levels of prolapse, meaning some women won’t even know they have one and others who might need significant support.
It’s not often talked about as there is so much embarrassment felt around it, but we need to start the conversations and support each other.
What are the symptoms?
* A feeling of heaviness around your lower tummy and genitals
* A dragging discomfort inside your vagina
*Feeling like there’s something coming down into your vagina – it may feel like sitting on a small ball⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Feeling or seeing a bulge or lump in or coming out of your vagina
*Discomfort or numbness during sex
*Problems peeing – such as feeling like your bladder is not emptying fully, needing to go to the toilet more often, or leaking a small amount of pee when you cough, sneeze or exercise (stress incontinence)