How does a Pelvic Organ Prolapse occur?

Childbirth can be sometimes very traumatic on the pelvic structures, especially if the birth itself was difficult or from having multiple births.
Age itself weakens the body. The strength of the pelvic muscles and ligaments can also be impaired increasing the risk of pelvic organ prolapse.
Undergoing previous surgery specifically in the pelvic floor area, may also lead to prolapse.
Obesity puts a strain on the whole body, and over time, can weaken the pelvic floor structures.
Hysterectomy operation can increase the risk of prolapse. With this procedure, it could be that important ligaments of the pelvic floor are removed.
Other factors such as genetics, ethnicity, heaving lifting, constipation, smoking or chronic coughing may also influence the probability to develop pelvic organ prolapse.

Which symptoms should I be aware of?

• The vagina feels heavy, full or painful
• Loss of bladder control
• Having to urinate frequently
• Having trouble passing bowel movements
• Pain or displeasure during sexual intercourse