Some women with a pelvic organ prolapse don't have any symptoms and the condition is only discovered during an internal examination for another reason, such as a cervical screening. See your GP if you have any of the symptoms of a prolapse, or if you notice a lump in or around your vagina. Your doctor will need to carry out an internal pelvic examination. They'll ask you to undress from the waist down and lie back on the examination bed, while they feel for any lumps in your pelvic area. Some women may put off going to their GP if they're embarrassed or worried about what the doctor may find. However, the examination is important, only takes a few minutes and is similar to having a smear test. For example, a small tube catheter may be inserted into your bladder to examine your bladder function and identify any leakage problems.
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Victorian government portal for older people, with information about government and community services and programs. Type a minimum of three characters then press UP or DOWN on the keyboard to navigate the autocompleted search results. The uterus womb is an organ of the female reproductive system. It is shaped like an upside down pear and is located inside the pelvis. The uterus, bladder and bowel are supported by a hammock of muscles located between the tailbone coccyx and the pubic bone within the pelvis.
A more recent article on pelvic ogran prolapse is available. Patient information : See related handout on pelvic organ prolapse , written by the authors of this article. Pelvic organ prolapse, or genital prolapse, is the descent of one or more of the pelvic structures bladder, uterus, vagina from the normal anatomic location toward or through the vaginal opening. Women of all ages may be affected, although pelvic organ prolapse is more common in older women. The cause is a loss of pelvic support from multiple factors, including direct injury to the levator ani, as well as neurologic injury from stretching of the pudendal nerves that may occur with vaginal childbirth. Previous hysterectomy for pelvic organ prolapse; ethnicity; and an increase in intra-abdominal pressure from chronic coughing, straining with constipation, or repeated heavy lifting may contribute.
Pelvic organ prolapse involve a dropping down prolapse of the bladder, urethra, small intestine, rectum, uterus, or vagina caused by weakness of or injury to the ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles of the pelvis. Women may feel pressure that feels as if something is bulging out of their vagina or they are sitting on a ball, have a sense of fullness in their pelvis, or have problems with urination or bowel movements. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs only in women and become more common as women age. During their lifetime, about 1 of 11 women needs surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.