Prolapsed WHAT?!

It is a subject no one wants to talk about, but when it comes to feeling so uncomfortable, awkward, and embarrassed, there has to be an answer to living normally with a Pelvic organ prolapse.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP), also known as female genital prolapse, can occur among some women who have gone through pelvic surgery or labor and delivery and can happen as women age. Prolapse refers to organs that have shifted out of their normal positions and moved down into the vaginal canal.  The two different types we will talk about here are uterine prolapse and cystocele or bladder prolapse.

What causes uterine or bladder prolapse?

Uterine and bladder prolapse occur when vaginal and pelvic floor muscles that hold organs in place become damaged or strained. When these muscles are no longer strong enough to uphold the uterus or bladder, the organs can fall into the vaginal canal.

A history of childbirth can put a woman at risk for uterine or bladder prolapse. Births with complications that cause more damage to pelvic ligaments are more likely to result in POP. Other risk factors include pelvic surgery, aging, low estrogen levels, heavy lifting, straining during bowel movements, and obesity.

What are the symptoms of POP?

Common symptoms of uterine and bladder prolapse include fullness, pressure or pulling sensation in the pelvis/vagina, difficulty emptying bladder or frequent urges to go, constipation, bleeding, increased vaginal discharge, the sensation that things are falling out the bottom, like sitting on something, or feeling tissue protruding from the vaginal opening. For women who experience these symptoms, it is very traumatic.   It is good for health professionals to be aware that going through this can lead to depression.

Where can women dealing with POP find support?

If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, consult with your doctor or health provider for diagnosis and treatment options. Click here for a POP brochure to learn more.

For non-surgical therapy to support your pelvic floor and relieve symptoms of POP go to PF Press pelvic floor support.

You can also browse our collection of therapeutic back supports and belly bands designed and Handcrafted with pride in the USA with women’s health at heart.

Help Me, It’s Falling!

It is not only scary but very embarrassing to discover one’s uterus slipping down and falling out.  The medical term is “uterine prolapse” and it is classified under the umbrella of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It happens when organs “POP” or drop out of their normal positions. In uterine prolapse, the ligaments that hold the uterus in place become too weak or damaged to do their job allowing the uterus to slip into or out of the vaginal canal.

Childbirth is the leading cause of uterine prolapse. Births with complications can damage the pelvic floor making prolapse a greater risk. Other risk factors include anything that stresses vaginal or pelvic muscles. A chronic cough, heavy lifting, constipation, obesity and low levels of estrogen can all contribute to pelvic organ prolapse.

Symptoms of uterine prolapse can worsen when standing or sitting for long periods (or while exercising), and often include :

Increased vaginal discharge
Urine leakage or sudden urges to urinate
Feeling of fullness, heaviness, pulling or pressure in pelvis
Low back pain
Bladder infections
Like sitting on a ball
Seeing or feeling the uterus or cervix coming out of the vagina

Unfortunately, many women are embarrassed and uncomfortable discussing symptoms with their doctors. If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse or are concerned that you may be at risk, it’s important to remember that this is a common condition. Half of all women who have one or more natural childbirths will likely encounter some degree of POP in their lifetime. There is a community of support available and with help from your health provider the issue can be treated and corrected.

For women who are pregnant or menopausal the pelvic floor support provided by It’s You Babe’s PF Press and their other products can help to prevent or relieve symptoms of uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse, and vulvar varicosities. If you are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to talk with your health provider about the PF Press and discuss with them which treatment may be best for you.

Why Did My Bladder Drop?

For us women, when it comes to our own indoor plumbing, a bulging, leaky, protruding bladder can be quite embarrassing, humiliating, inconvenient, extremely awkward and downright uncomfortable!

When a bladder drops it is medically referred to as an anterior prolapse, prolapsed bladder, or “cyctocele” and is among a group of conditions collectively referred to as pelvic organ prolapse (POP).  A POP is characterized by the movement of an organ from its normal positions in the pelvis. As many as half of all women who give birth may experience some level of pelvic organ prolapse within their lifetime.

Cystoceles occur when the network of ligaments holding the bladder in place become damaged or weakened allowing the organ to drop and bulge into the vagina.  If it is a grade three cystocele, the bladder has dropped to below and outside the opening of the vagina.

A common cause of prolapsed bladder is childbirth, especially difficult births. Hysterectomy, heavy lifting, straining due to constipation, chronic coughing, low estrogen levels and obesity can also contribute to bladder prolapse.

Symptoms of bladder prolapse include:

* Difficulty urinating or moving bowels
* Trouble emptying bladder
* Urine leakage
* A feeling of fullness in the pelvis
* Low back pain
* Painful intercourse
* Tissue protruding from vaginal opening

If you experience these symptoms don’t hesitate to speak to your health provider. While it may be uncomfortable to talk about, your clinician can help you find relief and treatments to correct the issue.

Some treatments are self-care initiatives which include a regimen of pelvic muscle exercises called Kegels to strengthen the pelvic floor. Kegel exercises can be beneficial in tightening the ligaments which hold pelvic organs in place. Other interventions should be considered for more severe conditions.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a prolapsed bladder, remember that you are not alone. Talk to your health provider about your concerns.  Be sure to ask your doctor about our non-surgical adjustable therapeutic pelvic floor support: the It’s You Babe’s PF Press along with a clean, absorbent sanitary pad for supporting a grade three cystocele.