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Prolapse: What Every Woman Should Know...

Pelvic Support Problems (also called prolapse) occur when the tissues that support the pelvic organs are damaged or stretched allowing the organ to drop down out of normal position and causing a bulge. Women with prolapsed pelvic organs may have a feeling of pelvic pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region. Sometimes it feels as if something is "falling out".

Childbirth and aging are the two most common causes of this condition. During childbirth, the tissues of the pelvic organs may be damaged or weakened due to the stretching that can occur. As a result, these tissues may not provide as much support for the organs as necessary. Symptoms may worsen after menopause.

The main types of pelvic support problems include:

Proper diagnosis is the key to treating the problem. Treatment can include behavioral therapies (such as pelvic muscle exercises), the use of pessaries or other vaginal inserts to provide better support for the organs, or surgery.

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Proper diagnosis is the key to treating the problem. Treatment can include behavioral therapies (such as pelvic muscle exercises), the use of pessaries or other vaginal inserts to provide better support for the organs, or surgery.

For more information, about pelvic floor prolapse you might want to visit the American Urogynecology webpage at: www.mypelvichealth.org

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