Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs (the uterus, bladder, or rectum) become weak or loose.
What this may result in is one on or more of those above-listed pelvic organs to drop or press into or out of the vagina.
While many women are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about their symptoms or think that their symptoms are normal, this is something that shouldn’t go untreated.
Likely because these symptoms are, well, rather embarrassing. This pelvic floor disorder can result in urinary incontinence (leaking of urine) and fecal incontinence (leaking of stool).
How do these symptoms come about? Well, as women, our bodies are incredible. We go through many different seasons and lifestyle events that can result in pelvic organ disorders:
Vaginal childbirth, which can stretch and strain the pelvic floor. Multiple vaginal childbirths raise your risk for pelvic organ prolapse later in life. Especially when giving birth to a baby weighing more than 8½ pounds.
Even if you have never had children or if you had a cesarean, or C-section, delivery, you still may experience strain resulting in prolapse.
Long-term pressure on your abdomen, including pressure from obesity, chronic coughing, or straining often during bowel movements
Aging alone can bring this about. Pelvic floor disorders are more common in older women. About 37% of women with pelvic floor disorders are 60 to 79 years of age, and about half are 80 or older.
Loss of the female hormone estrogen during and after menopause can raise your risk for pelvic organ prolapsed, due to the hormonal changes occurring within.
Family genetics can play a role in pelvic organ prolapsed as well.
Fear not! There is good news! Pelvic organ prolapse is treatable! Depending on the type of prolapse you have, your symptoms, your age, other health problems, and whether you are sexually active, the following options may work for you:
A pessary is a removable device inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises can also help women who have pelvic organ prolapse as well as urinary incontinence.
Surgery where your doctor may use your own body tissue or synthetic mesh to help repair the prolapse and build pelvic floor support.
Naturally, you’ll want to discuss this with your healthcare provider to determine what is best for you. In the meantime, we are happy to provide Apele performance panties that are meant to help with incontinence – both urinary and fecal – in the meantime. Browse different designs that aren’t just classy and cute but also leave you confident!