Organ Prolapse is when a woman’s pelvic organs fall into the body cavity. There are several types of prolapse that may occur:
Uterine: Ligaments in the uterus may become loose and cause low back pain, a heavy-feeling vagina, and sometimes a protruding uterus through the vagina.
Cystocele: This type of prolapse is common for women who have been pregnant. It is a prolapse of the bladder, and may result in pressure on the vagina, an overactive bladder, or the inability to empty the bladder completely.
Rectocele: This prolapse is the exact opposite of the cystocele, as it affects the rectum instead of the bladder. The rectum swells upward, and can cause difficulty with bowel movements and fecal soiling.
Vaginal Vault: Women who have had a hysterectomy may be prone to a vaginal vault. Symptoms include bulging organs and pelvic pressure.
Enterocele: Common for women who have had a vaginal vault, this is a prolapse of the intestines. Symptoms may include low back pain and pelvic pressure.
If you have or think you may have a prolapse, make an appointment with one of our providers at Moscow-Pullman OB/GYN to discuss your treatment options.