Pelvic Organ Prolapse
A pelvic organ prolapse is caused when the muscles that keep your pelvic organ in place are weakened or stretched from either surgery, trauma, or childbirth. The most common type of pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the bladder drops and begins to push against the walls of your vagina.
A bladder prolapse is usually the result of straining during childbirth, however, prolapses can be caused by other issues like frequent constipation, being overweight, tumors in the pelvic area, and a persistent cough.
Other organs that can drop include:
- Small bowel
The most common symptoms of a pelvic organ prolapse are:
- Bowel problems, particularly constipation
- The feeling that something is falling out of your vagina
- A full feeling in the lower abdomen
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
Dr. Longoria is skilled in treating pelvic organ prolapses and uses the most up-to-date
treatments to maximize results and minimize the time needed for healing. These options include a pessary, which is a device you place in your vagina or surgery for more severe options.