You know how there are times when you just know something isn’t right or isn’t the way it used to be with your body? If you are having this feeling about your pelvic floor after having a baby or as you get older, you may be experiencing prolapse. Check out the information below as your first step to determining if this is your problem.
What is a pelvic organ prolapse?
A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is when the structures that hold your pelvic organs in the correct place become either loose, weak or dysfunctional. Your pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, rectum) can move into or out of the vaginal opening based on how much laxity or weakness is present.
3 Common Symptoms of Prolapse
Bulging, heaviness, dragging feeling in your pelvic region
Many women are able to feel the bulge of a prolapse, especially when sitting on the toilet. Other women describe symptoms of heaviness, or feeling like something is hanging down inside the pelvis. Menstrual cycles often increase this heaviness or dragging feeling.
Cannot keep a tampon in place
Due to the fact that you actually do have structure that are falling toward or out of the vaginal opening it will be difficult to keep a tampon in place. Many women report being able to insert a tampon but that it gradually pushes out through the day with moving around. It also may be difficult to insert a tampon because the bulging is blocking the tunnel the tampon goes through and sits in.
Sitting on a small ball
Women with prolapse often report as they sit down they fell like a small ball is underneath them and often so much so that they have to stand back up and readjust positioning to relieve that feeling.
Prolapse is common but never normal. Prolapse can be caused by different problems, intra-abdominal pressure problems, pelvic floor weakness or dysfunction, or injury to internal structures.
If any of the symptoms above sound like something that you are experiencing, start a chat here with Dr. Anne Madden, an orthopedic and women’s health physical therapist to figure out what the next best step is for you and your condition. We are here to support and guide women toward the best healthcare decisions for their unique situations.