Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when the uterus, bladder or rectum descends into the vagina. Bladder prolapse (cystocele) is when the bladder loses its support and bulges into the anterior wall of the vagina. A rectocele occurs when the rectum bulges into the posterior wall of the vagina. This causes a pocket to be formed in the rectum where stool can be trapped.
Symptoms of POP include heaviness or pressure in the vagina or rectum, incomplete emptying of bowel and/or bladder, protrusion of something out of the vagina.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation can be a great alternative to surgery. Properly performed exercises can train the pelvic floor to hold the organs in place, reducing the feeling of heaviness.