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Don't become another pelvic organ prolapse statistic

Half of all women over the age of 50 suffer from at least one type of pelvic organ prolapse (there are 5 types), many women in their 30s and 40s have POP as well. Although POP is not extremely common in women in their 20s, it can occur in this age bracket. The 5 types of pelvic organ prolapse are cystyocele (bladder), rectocele (large bowel), enterocele (intestines), vaginal vault (vagina caves in on itself after uterus is removed-hysterectomy), and uterine (uterus). When the PC or pelvic floor muscles weaken or become damaged, one or more of these organ/tissue areas shift in the pelvic cavity beyond their normal positions.

Each of these 5 types of POP has its own symptoms, but in general symptoms can include:

Pressure, pain, or fullness in vagina, rectum, or both.
Feeling like your “insides are falling out” or like you are sitting on a ball.
Urinary incontinence.
Urine retention (you have to pee, you just can’t get it to come out).
Fecal incontinence.
Constipation.
Back/abdominal pain.
Lack of sexual sensation.
Painful intercourse.
Can’t keep a tampon in.

There are multiple causes of POP; it is likely that most women have more than one cause that fits their health pocket and lifestyle. The most common causes of POP are

Vaginal childbirth-complications from large birth weight babies, forceps or suction deliveries, multiple childbirths, improperly repaired episiotomies. (It is also possible for women who have never given birth to have POP; there are many non-childbirth related causes.)
Menopause-age related muscle loss due to drop in estrogen level; this impacts strength, elasticity, and density of muscle tissue.
Chronic constipation-IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), poor diet, lack of exercise can all cause constipation.
Chronic coughing-smoking, allergies, bronchitis, and emphysema can create chronic coughing.
Heavy lifting-lifting children, repetitive heavy lifting at work, weight trainers.
Joggers, marathon runners-constant downward pounding of internal structures.                                      Abdominal surgeries-structural weakness from surgery or myofascial restrictions and scar tissue can lead to POP.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA)-a separation in the two bellies of the rectus abominus muscle during pregnancy may predispose women to a weakness in core support which can lead to POP issues. READ MORE HERE

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Speakers at the 2012 APOPS fundraising cruise

Comments on: "Find out more about pelvic organ prolapse" (1)

  1. […] Find out more about pelvic organ prolapse (via Woman’s World) Posted on August 19, 2011 by incostress PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE what your mother never told you- join the APOPS cruise see below for details. Half of all women over the age of 50 suffer from at least one type of pelvic organ prolapse (there are 5 types), many women in their 30s and 40s have POP as well. Although POP is not extremely common in women in … Read More […]

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