“Best decision I ever made when I opted to have the surgery!” – Laurie, 55
Don’t be discouraged by your condition. Half of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 say they have prolapse symptoms.36 There are different options you can consider to treat pelvic organ prolapse. It is best to consult a physician that specializes in pelvic floor treatments as they will be the one to guide you through your treatment options and help you decide what the best treatment option is for you. Your treatment will depend on the type of prolapse you have as well as your future plans, which may include pregnancy. Laurie was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse during a regular annual exam with her gynecologist. Read her story on receiving treatment here.
Prolapse is a very common problem affecting millions of women.35 However, many women believe that their condition is a normal part of aging. Others are unaware of this condition and its treatment options. With the treatment options available today, women no longer have to live with this uncomfortable condition.
Additional exams that might be necessary to assess the symptoms or severity of prolapse include:37
It is important to understand your body and learn about all of your treatment options, both non-surgical and surgical, to help find a solution that is right for you. Seek out a specialist who specializes in pelvic floor treatments and discuss your options to ﬁnd the best solution for you.
Non-surgical Management Options Prolapse may be managed with vaginal pessaries, Kegel exercises, biofeedback and lifestyle changes. These options may involve long-term treatment, on-going maintenance and continued expenses, and they may not address your underlying condition.36 Vaginal Pessary is a device that’s placed in the vagina to support the pelvic floor and support the prolapsed organ. Your physician will fit and insert the pessary, which must be cleaned frequently and may have to be removed before intercourse.40 Kegels are exercises that you can do on your own to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.9 Biofeedback Therapy involves learning how to notice and working to control your body’s functions. While a monitoring device is placed by your physician, you will be asked to use your pubococcygeus muscle to see how much strength you need to contract your pelvic floor muscles correctly. 41
Surgical repair can be done through the vagina or through the abdomen.
Reconstructive surgery of the pelvic floor is performed with the goal of restoring the organs to their original position.