Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

When a woman has pelvic organ prolapse, some of the organs in her lower abdomen, which used to be held in place by ligaments and muscles, fall out of place. They actually move into areas of the abdomen that make their presence uncomfortable.

If this happens, the most common symptom is that the uterus or other organs press against the wall of the vagina. Not only can this pressure be uncomfortable, the displacement of the organs interferes with how well they work now that they are pushing against each other in abnormal ways.

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • A feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen
  • The sense that something may be falling out of the vagina
  • Discomfort in the area of the groin, such as a pulling or stretching sensation
  • Low back pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Problems with urination such as difficultly in starting to urinate, incontinence (when urine is involuntarily released), or a frequent or urgent need to urinate
  • Problems with bowel movements, including constipation (a prolapsed organ could actually be compressing or obstructing the bowel)

These symptoms can get worse if the woman stands, jumps, or lifts something heavy. They often stop when she lies down.

Treatments

The problem can be helped by doing special exercises to tighten the muscles; by inserting a device, which is similar to a diaphragm, called a pessary; or by a variety of different types of surgery. Doctors specializing in gynecology, urology and reconstructive surgery work to correct the prolapse.

Many women do not have problems with pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is more likely to occur in women who are overweight, after menopause, after a hysterectomy, in those doing heavy lifting, and in women who have problems with chronic coughing or chronic constipation that weakens the muscles in the pelvis.

If you were treated for symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse and are now suffering from pain and other complications, we may be able to help you. Contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer to find out if you qualify to file a claim.

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