Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is common among multiparous and postmenopausal women, affecting approximately 50% of women over age 50, and can negatively impact body image, sexuality, and physical and psychological health.
The pelvic muscles and tissues act as a supportive hammock for pelvic organs including the bladder, uterus and cervix, vagina, and rectum. When these muscles and tissues weaken a prolapse can occur, causing one or more pelvic organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina.
Symptoms of POP may include feeling a bulge or "something coming out" of the vagina, pelvic pressure, discomfort, or fullness, urinary or faecal incontinence, difficulty with bowel movements, and problems with tampon insertion.
As part of our comprehensive approach to pelvic health, we can help with POP management which can prevent or delay surgery.
We can help you with:
Improve bladder and bowel emptying
Individualised and appropriate pelvic floor exercise program to improve pelvic floor tone, strength and support
General exercise advice with appropriate modifications for POP management
Pessary fitting and management
Prevention of POP advice and strategies