As women age, their risk of developing pelvic prolapse increases.
As women age, their risk of developing pelvic prolapse increases. Pelvic prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the pelvic organs weaken. This causes the pelvic organs, including the bladder, rectum, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, to slip out of place. The organs then push against your vaginal walls, causing discomfort or pain. Pelvic prolapse often worsens over time and may require surgery to correct the problem.
Pelvic prolapse can develop following childbirth, a hysterectomy or during menopause. Regardless of how or when your condition started, our physicians can treat you and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Causes and Symptoms
While many factors contribute to pelvic prolapse, the process often begins with a woman vaginally delivering a baby.
When the baby travels through the birth canal, it stretches the pelvic support system. This stretching becomes more pronounced with each delivery. Other contributors to pelvic prolapse are smoking, chronic bronchitis, obesity, diabetes, and a family history of prolapse.
Years after childbirth, loss of muscle tone and relaxation of muscles due to menopause and natural aging can cause prolapse to progress and cause symptoms including:
- Difficulty having a bowel movement
- Pain during intercourse
- Heaviness, aching or a pulling sensation in the lower abdomen
In severe cases, the cervix or other internal organs may actually bulge through the opening of the vagina.
Nonsurgical treatments such as pessaries, which are plastic devices placed inside the vagina, may help support the internal organs and reduce prolapse symptoms.
However, if prolapse is severely disrupting your life, you may want to talk to your doctor about pelvic reconstructive surgery. Complications are uncommon, with high success rates and with many procedures now done vaginally instead of through abdominal incision, hospital stays and recovery time for most women are greatly decreased.
To schedule an appointment, please call 443- 777-7608 or use the buttons below.
National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
Fax: 443- 777-7618
Peter O’Hare III, MD:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In addition, our physicians see patients in Bel Air and Federal Hill at the following locations:
Peter O’Hare III, MD
Women's Care at Bel Air
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Our Center is part of the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery (NCAPS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center