Vaginal prolapse is not uncommon in women. Also known as a “dropped” bladder, uterus, or rectum, prolapse can often have no symptoms but be very distressing. Common risk factors for prolapse are genetic predisposition, prior pelvic surgery, childbirth and being post menopause. Treatment can include both nonsurgical and surgical options. Our women’s health team in Los Angeles specializes in treating vaginal prolapse for women.
What is Vaginal Prolapse?
The term vaginal prolapse is very general and encompasses all types of issues in the pelvis. To help patients distinguish what exactly is occurring in the body, it is frequently helpful to use diagrams and also specific terminology to improve understanding of the issue.
Cystocele specifically refers to the bladder. In common terms, patients will frequently say, “my bladder has dropped.” Patients may feel a bulge vaginally, have an increased frequency of urinary tract infections, changes to their urinary habits with a sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder, difficulty urinating, and increased urinary frequency.
As suggested by the name, rectocele specifically deals with the rectum. Rectocele is characterized by difficulty moving the bowels, and has been associated with chronic constipation and straining. Again, patients will complain of a vaginal bulge. Some find that their bowel movements are facilitated by pushing the bulge back into the vagina.
When the uterus is the part of the vagina that is “dropping,” it is referred to as procidentia. Many times it can lead to symptoms similar to a cystocele or rectocele because of the pressure exerted on these areas by the descending uterus.
What are the Risk Factors for a Prolapsed Uterus?
Risk factors for the condition are many. Increased risk is associated with older age, vaginal delivery, obesity, chronic constipations, post-menopausal status, prior pelvic surgery and hysterectomy. Interestingly, when looking at epidemiological data, African Americans have the lowest rates of vaginal prolapse as compared to Caucasians, Hispanics and Asians. Frequently people feel that a history of heavy lifting or manual labor increases the risk for prolapse, but there are no conclusive studies to prove or disprove this theory. The last risk factor for this issue is genetics, mainly that if your mother, sister, grandmother, etc., has a history of prolapse, your risk is higher.
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