1 in 2 women develop pelvic organ prolapse
Do you get a heavy or dragging feeling inside the vagina, often worsening throughout the day?
Have you noticed a lump or bulge inside the vagina?
Do you experience difficulty emptying your bladder or bowel?
Do you experience discomfort during intercourse or have less sensation?
Do you suffer from recurrent urine infections?
If your answer is yes to any of these you may have a vaginal prolapse.
What is a vaginal prolapse?
A vaginal prolapse is a bulging of the pelvic organs into the vagina. Pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus and rectum (back passage). These organs are held in place within your pelvis by ligaments and the pelvic floor muscles also provide upward support acting as a sling-like structure holding the weight of these organs from below. Problems can occur due to stretching, tearing or weakening of the ligaments or pelvic floor muscles.
Risk factors for vaginal prolapse include:
- Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth (50% women have a prolapse following childbirth, many are just not yet aware of it. This figure is thought to rise to as high as 82% of women post-menopausally)
- Chronic cough
- Chronic constipation
- Repeated heavy lifting
- Hormonal changes related to menopause
- Being overweight
A thorough assessment will enable the physiotherapist to diagnose the type of prolapse you are suffering from and form the basis of an individual treatment program specific to your problem.
Part of our assessment includes an internal vaginal examination, this is carried out to effectively assess the tissues and pelvic floor muscles, and help diagnose the problem. We will set you a personalised exercise programme and will continue to treat you holistically; bearing in mind your lifestyle and life you wish to lead or get back to.
If deemed necessary your therapist can refer you onto a gynaecological consultant.
If you think you may be suffering from vaginal prolapse, you can contact our physiotherapists to confidentially discuss any questions you may have. Or simply book yourself into ‘Be Nurtured’ and start on your journey to regaining your pelvic health. Contact us here