Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse
For women, the relaxation of ligaments and muscles in the pelvic region sometimes allows for the intrusion of the bladder, colon, or uterus into the vagina. Upper vaginal tissue can also bulge into the lower vaginal area. By one estimate, 40 to 70 percent of all women suffer some form of pelvic floor weakness during their lives.
Symptoms of POP are varied and include:
A sensation of pressure, or a protrusion, in the pelvic region
Bulging in the vaginal or perineal area
Urinary incontinence, or frequency or urgency of urination
Straining to defecate
Pelvic or lower back pain
Pelvic floor muscles weaken with age, leaving connective ligaments to support internal organs. When ligaments weaken, tissue presses into the vaginal wall. POP is more likely to occur following multiple vaginal births, after menopause, or as the result of obesity.
Treatment of POP
Mild cases of POP are treated with Kegel and other exercises designed to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. A pessary, estrogen supplements, or laparoscopic surgery can reduce or resolve symptoms.
Pelvic organ prolapse is relatively common and usually treatable. If you have suffered injury from implanted transvaginal mesh treatment for POP, be sure to seek experienced legal advice concerning your legal options.
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