Pelvic Organ Prolapse
With the weakness of the muscles of the PERINEUM, the pelvic organs (urethra, bladder, uterus, and rectum) may descend in the direction of the vagina causing genital prolapse: cystocele (prolapse of the bladder or “fallen bladder”), urethrocele (prolapse of the urethra), rectocele (prolapse of the rectum), and prolapse of the uterus.
Generally, the symptoms begin with a complaint of a weight in the vagina like a “ball”. As the condition progresses, patients feel the organ exiting and it can be possible to visualize it in the vaginal introitus (entrance to the vagina).
Prolapses appear with the onset of aging, but they can also be a consequence of childbirth, obesity, and high impact exercises.
The sooner the patient seeks out treatment, the better the results are.