Pelvic Prolapse Specialist in Riverside, CA
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where pelvic floor muscles become weak or torn and consequently drop down. This condition can affect the vagina, cervix, uterus, ladder, urethra, or rectum.
In addition to family history and vaginal birth, other causes can include obesity, chronic coughing, straining during bowel movements, giving birth to a baby more than 8.5 pounds, hormonal changes during menopause, and aging.
Dr. Howard Aubert is a leader in the field of female urology and can provided you with personalized diagnosis and treatment at our urology clinic in Riverside, CA. To schedule a consultation, please call (951) 585-1800 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
Experiencing pelvic organ prolapse can be challenging — it can interfere with your activities, intrude on your personal life, and be just plain uncomfortable.
Types and Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse (or POP) is a condition in which one or more organs in the pelvis descend due to a loss of support from the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and bowel. They are often described as being shaped like a hammock.
Normally these muscles and surrounding tissues keep the pelvic organs in place. Sometimes they can become too weak or stretched to continue supporting your pelvic organs. Organ shifting that happens because of these weak muscles can result in one or more types of prolapse.
To better understand the different types of prolapses, it is important to understand which organs have shifted as well as in which space of the pelvic floor became weak which results in different types of prolapses.
Front (anterior) Wall Prolapse
- Bulging of the pelvic organ outside of the body is one possible symptom. Another symptom may be some form of urinary incontinence.
Cystocele Prolapse: Occurs when the bladder protrudes into the vagina due to the anterior (front) vaginal wall becoming weak.
Back (Posterior) Wall Prolapse
- A bulging sensation is one possible symptom. Another symptom may be stressful bowel movements, either straining during bowel movements or not feeling like you evacuated all of your bowls. Lastly, you may experience the need to put your finger into your vagina or rectum to help fully empty your bowls.
Rectocele Prolapse: Occurs when the rectum protrudes into the vagina due to the weakening of the supporting tissue.
Enterocele Prolapse: Occurs when the small intestines protrudes into the vagina due to the weakening of the support tissue.
Top of the Vagina
- A bulge or feeling pressure are usually the most commonly found symptom.
Vaginal vault prolapse: Occurs when the top part of the vaginal wall loses support and drops into the vagina.
Uterine prolapse: Occurs when the top part of the vaginal wall loses support and the uterus drops into the vagina.
Potential Causes of Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is common. Over 3 million women in the United States suffer from Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).1
There are certain risk factors however which may increase your likelihood of experiencing prolapse, including:
- Vaginal childbirth
- Chronic cough
- Frequent constipation
- Pelvic organ tumors
Women experiencing prolapse won’t always experience obvious symptoms. As prolapse progresses, the symptoms may become more apparent and painful. If you are experiencing prolapse, you may feel:
- Stress or pressure in the pelvic region
- Vaginal discomfort, pain, pressure or bleeding
- Pulling or aching feeling in the lower abdomen or pelvis
- A bulge distended from the vagina
- Pain or uncomfortable sexual intercourse
- Difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have prolapse and should consult with your doctor. Remember, although these signs and symptoms can alert you to a problem, they are not unique to prolapse, so it is important to consult a doctor for the correct diagnosis.
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3) https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/vaginal-prolapse#1 Downloaded 10.17.
Risk Factors For Pelvic Organ Prolapse
If you have any of the following risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse, pay attention. If you have given birth with a vaginal delivery, are Hispanic or white, are experiencing menopause, are overweight, and smoke, these are the most common risk factors for POP. There are not always symptoms with pelvic organ prolapse, but these signs might indicate the condition:
- Urine leakage
- Inability to empty your bladder
- Feeling of fullness in your pelvis
- A bulging in the vagina or a feeling like something is falling out of the vagina
- Lower back pain
- Aching or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis
Of course, some of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, but taken together and if you have any combination of the risk factors mentioned above, see Dr. Howard Aubert for an evaluation.
Schedule an Appointment for Pelvic Prolapse Treatment in Riverside, CA
If you're experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse in the Inland Empire, contact Dr. Howard Aubert today to schedule an appointment. to schedule a consultation at our urology clinic in Riverside, CA, please call (951) 683-6370 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We are conveniently located for men throughout Corona, San Bernardino and Moreno Valley