Uterine Prolapse Treatment

Uterine Prolapse Treatment Specialist
Vaginal prolapse is common among women, with over 50% reporting some degree of prolapse, usually after they enter menopause. The good news is that the condition can be treated, and even prevented, and Dr. Darren R. Tate, OB/GYN at Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, can tailor a plan to suit your needs.

Uterine Prolapse Treatment Q & A

What is vaginal prolapse?

A vaginal prolapse occurs when an organ in your pelvic area shifts because of a loss of support. Vaginal prolapse describes many types and degrees of prolapse that can occur in this region, such as:

 

  • Uterine prolapse -- where the ligaments holding the uterus loosen causing your uterus to fall downward, anywhere from a slight shift to a complete protrusion of the uterus out of the vagina
  • Cystocele or dropped bladder -- where the bladder, and sometimes the urethra, collapse into the vagina
  • Enterocele -- where the small intestine bulges into the vagina
  • Rectocele -- where the rectum falls and pushes into the back wall of the vagina
  • Vaginal vault -- which can happen only if you’ve had a hysterectomy and is characterized by your vagina dropping down

What are the causes of vaginal prolapse?

Prolapses in the vagina are typically caused by:

 

  • Menopause
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Obesity
  • Excessive lifting

 

Your vagina is an intricate system of muscles, ligaments, and tissue that, combined, keep your organs in place. Many of the above conditions and circumstances have a negative impact on this structure and cause it to weaken, which is what can lead to prolapse.

What are the symptoms of a prolapse?

Symptoms of a vaginal prolapse depend upon which of your organs has shifted. That said, watch out for the following signs:

  • Heaviness or pressure in the area
  • A change in bodily functions, such as incontinence or constipation
  • Painful intercourse
  • Frequent urinary tract infections

If you are feeling or experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Fort Worth Female Health Associates to get checked out.

How is prolapse treated?

Treatment for vaginal prolapse depends on the severity of the prolapse and which of your organs are involved. Typically, treatments can include:

  • Modifying activities that may make the prolapse worse
  • Pessary -- where small supports are placed inside your vagina
  • Kegel exercises to build muscle
  • Surgery

If left unchecked, prolapses will usually become progressively worse, so it is important to seek treatment with Dr. Tate as soon as possible to get your quality of life back.

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