What is pelvic prolapse?

What is pelvic prolapse?

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The Pelvic Health Class.

Pelvic prolapse is a condition that affects many women worldwide. It occurs when the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, descend or bulge into the vagina due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. It is caused by various factors  including:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth: The strain on the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and delivery can weaken them, leading to prolapse.
  • Aging: As women age, the pelvic floor muscles naturally weaken, increasing the risk of prolapse.
  • Chronic constipation: Straining during bowel movements can put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, contributing to prolapse.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can place additional stress on the pelvic floor, making prolapse more likely.

This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and impact a woman's quality of life. And because it isn't talked about over the dinner table, sometimes symptoms of the condition can be missed. In this video from Dr. Alexis Elias-Spohn, DPT and pelvic floor guru, we will explore the basics of pelvic prolapse, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

By understanding the basics of pelvic prolapse, you can recognize the symptoms and seek appropriate treatment. Remember, if you experience any signs of pelvic prolapse, consult with your trusted healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. A great place to find one of these experts is here.