Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs with a weakening of the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor until they are no longer able to support organs in their proper place. Shifting allowed by these weak muscles can result in one or more types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

Cystocele occurs when the anterior vaginal wall becomes weak, allowing the bladder to protrude into the vagina.


Rectocele occurs when the back of the vaginal wall weakens, which allows the rectum to protrude into the vagina.


Enterocele occurs when the small intestine drops and protrudes through the vagina.

Vaginal Vault

Vaginal Vault Prolapse occurs when the top of the vaginal wall loses its support and drops into the vagina.


Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus slips out of its normal position and drops into the vagina.

Signs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse may or may not experience any symptoms. However, without treatment the symptoms will become more significant, painful or even debilitating. Symptoms usually get worse with activity and get better with rest. Symptoms you may experience include:

  • Heaviness or pressure on the pelvis
  • Vaginal pain, pressure or bleeding
  • A bulge protruding from the vagina
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Slow urinary stream or urinary urgency

The symptoms for prolapse can be the same as other medical conditions. It is important that you speak with your physician about your diagnosis.

Speak with your doctor

Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a very common problem affecting millions of women. Many women are too embarrassed to talk to their physicians and often go untreated. Others believe that their condition is permanent and a normal part of aging. With the treatment options available today, women no longer have to live with these uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions.

It is important to understand your body and learn about surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help restore the quality of life you have always enjoyed. Please discuss your options with your physician to find the best solution for you.