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15 Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse You Should Know

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Fitness and Wellness after hysterectomyI think I might have pelvic organ prolapse. What are some of the symptoms for which I should be aware?


Remember the hammock in your grandparents' back yard? The one that hung between the two large oak trees? It supported your full weight each summer as you lazed beneath the sky with a good book.

Your pelvic floor is like that hammock. It supports all your pelvic organs, allowing you to go about your day with all your organs securely in place.

Without that pelvic floor hammock, gravity starts to take a toll. Your pelvic organs will start to drop and even try to escape through your vagina.

Being aware of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can help you seek treatment early when less invasive measures can help. If you wait too long, your prolapse can become severe and not as easy to treat.

15 Symptoms of POP

  1. Pressure or fullness in the pelvic region
  2. Lower back ache
  3. Pelvic pain
  4. Decreased sexual sensation
  5. Uncomfortable or painful intercourse
  6. Inability to have sex
  7. Fecal incontinence
  8. Urinary incontinence
  9. Urgency and frequency
  10. Difficulty urinating
  11. Inability to empty bladder or bowels
  12. Bulge in vagina
  13. Difficulty passing stool
  14. Inability to prevent flatulence
  15. Frequent urinary tract infections (UTI)
While your symptoms may improve when you lie down, they can worsen when you are upright or moving. They may also interfere with your daily activities and create embarrassing situations.

The symptoms you experience will depend on which organ or organs are prolapsing. The severity of your symptoms and prolapse will determine which treatments are best for you. You may be able to treat early menopause-related symptoms with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Pelvic floor physical therapy, biofeedback, and pelvic floor exercises like Kegels are also options.

If you notice any symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, start keeping a symptom diary and talk to your doctor as soon as possible. You may also want to get a second opinion from a urogynecologist. The earlier you begin treatment, the sooner you can feel better.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-08-2016 - 09:29 PM


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