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Pelvic organ prolapse is a disorder of the pelvic floor—the group of muscles and tissues that create a “hammock” across the pelvic opening. It’s this structure that keeps the pelvic organs—including the uterus, bladder, vagina, small bowel and rectum—in their normal position. Nearly one-third of all women, however, experience a prolapse or dropping of the pelvic floor as a result of weakened muscles due to childbirth, aging or other conditions. When the bladder prolapses, it can push against the walls of the vagina.
Pelvic prolapses are further classified by the specific organ that has shifted, the symptoms resulting and the treatment required.
Depending upon the type of prolapse and the severity of symptoms, a urologist may recommend one or a combination of treatments, including:
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