Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is the lowering of the bladder, uterus, urethra, or rectum into or past the vagina. The rectum can also lower past the anus. Prolapse can be caused by a number of factors, but is heavily influenced by pregnancy, trauma to muscles or connective tissue during delivery, and changes due to menopause. However, many day to day activities can contribute to and worsen a prolapse. Improper lifting techniques, poor toileting position, poor exercise form and repetitive high impact exercise might be contributing to prolapse symptoms. Symptoms may include pain or a feeling of heaviness in the pelvis or the ability to see and feel the prolapsed tissue. For some people, this can interfere with daily activities, sexual function, and can be quite distressing.