What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a hernia of the pelvic organs to or through the vaginal opening. Pelvic relaxation is a weakness or laxity in the supporting structures of the pelvic region. Bladder, rectal, or uterine tissue may then bulge into the vagina, resulting in pelvic organ prolapse.
According to Harvard Medical School, pelvic organ prolapse was once rarely discussed or recognized, but now become a priority in women’s health. “Today, many primary care physicians and gynecologists routinely screen patients for the symptoms, and the new surgical specialty of urogynecology has arisen to correct prolapse conditions and the urinary incontinence that often results. By age 80, more than 1 in every 10 women will have undergone surgery for prolapse.”
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