Prolapse means dropping or descending of organs. Pelvic organ prolapse means falling of pelvic floor organs such as uterus, bladder, vagina, rectum, or small bowel. It occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become weak. Do you know that 3-6% of women in the United States suffer from one or the other type of prolapse? In this post, we will discuss the kinds of Wildwood prolapse.
Vaginal vault Prolapse
It occurs when the vagina drops from the usual position. The vagina, also known as the birth canal, acts like a tunnel connecting your uterus to the outer body.
Vaginal prolapse is called incomplete prolapse if there is slight movement, but there is a significant shift in a complete prolapse, and your organ might stick out of your body.
It happens with advancing age. After multiple deliveries, your ligaments and muscles around the uterus become weak. As a result, your uterus sags out of position. It can occur as a pregnancy complication or due to obesity, heavy weightlifting, and chronic constipation.
The bladder is the organ that stores urine. When pressure builds within the urinary bladder, urination takes place. In females, the vagina’s front wall supports the bladder. If this wall becomes weak, it causes prolapse. The prolapse triggers discomfort, urinary difficulties, and stress incontinence (urine leakage by coughing, sneezing, exertion, etc.).
Rectocele prolapse is the bulging of the rectum’s front wall into the vagina’s back wall. It is a common type of prolapse that often produces no symptoms. It can occur due to trauma from vaginal deliveries, gynecological or rectal surgeries, or a history of constipation.
Enterocele prolapse is also known as small bowel prolapse. It occurs when your small intestine bulges into your vagina.
Prevention of Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is quite uncomfortable. There are certain risk factors associated with prolapse that are unavoidable, but you can take measures to prevent it. For example, You can do kegel exercises regularly, avoid constipation and heavy weightlifting, avoid smoking as smoke can affect lung tissue and cause a chronic cough.
If you feel discomfort, difficulty in passing urine, or fullness in the pelvic area, consult your doctor so that you can prevent further complications. The doctor will take a medical history, perform an examination, and advise some tests before coming to any conclusion.