Pelvic organ prolapse is extremely common female health issue, yet few of us are familiar with it until after we have a diagnosis in hand. Since the two leading causes of POP are childbirth and menopause (in that order, there are also many other causes), it can impact women of any age although it is most common in women over 50. We need to create awareness of this health issue so women can start recognizing symptoms and seeking earlier less aggressive treatment. The most common symptoms of POP are:
Pressure in the vagina or rectum or both
Urine retention (you have to pee, it just won't come out)
Feels like your insides are falling out (you can see a bulge of tissue at end of vagina if you look with mirror)
Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
Heaviness in pelvic region
Tampons "push out"
Lack of sensation during sex.
If you have any combination of these symptoms, question your gynecologist or primary health care professional about POP. If your health care professional feels your symptoms are insignificant, seek guidance from a urogynecologist-that is THE health care specialist for this condition.
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