Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Minimizing the Effects of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Minimizing the Effects of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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Dear Doctor K: My doctor checked me out because I was leaking urine. She said I have pelvic organ prolapse. Can you tell me what it is, and what can be done about it?

Dear Reader: Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which tissue from the uterus, bladder, urethra or rectum drops down into the vagina. As many as 1 in 3 middle-aged women have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse.

Mild prolapse usually doesn't cause symptoms. The most common are discomfort, heaviness or pressure. A woman can feel these sensations in her vaginal area, pelvis, lower abdomen, groin or lower back.

The urinary leakage that you have had, as well as a frequent urge to urinate, is common. This can increase the urge to urinate and reduce control over when urination occurs,

Why do women get pelvic organ prolapse? …

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