When To Call A Professional
Prolapse of the pelvic organs is generally a nonthreatening problem. You should contact your physician for an evaluation if you are having bothersome symptoms, and you suspect you might have this problem. It is also important to report changes in urinary symptoms to your doctor, since urinary infections are a possible complication of prolapse.
Minor prolapse of the uterus or bladder can be corrected with strengthening exercises of the pelvic floor muscles. Once prolapse has progressed to a more advanced stage, it will continue and worsen without surgical treatment or pessary support. Mild to moderate prolapse is unlikely to cause significant medical consequences and may not require treatment. Advanced, severe or complete prolapse usually requires pessary support or surgical treatment to minimize problems with urinary incontinence, urinary retention, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction or difficulties with having a bowel movement.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists P.O. Box 96920 Washington, DC 20090-6920 Phone: (202) 638-5577 http://www.acog.org/