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May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

Millions of American women live with pelvic prolapse. In fact, up to 19% of women will have surgery to correct prolapse or incontinence issues by the time they’re 80 years old. The team of women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology diagnose and treat pelvic prolapse at their offices located in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, Lititz and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. If you’re concerned about pelvic prolapse, call the location nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.

Prolapse Q & A

What is Prolapse?

Prolapse is a medical condition where the muscles and connective tissue in your pelvic floor are weak and do not provide sufficient support to your pelvic organs, which slip out of place and descend into your vaginal canal as a result.

Prolapse varies in severity. For example, your prolapse may be so mild that you don’t experience any symptoms or it could be so severe that it causes painful sex or the prolapsed organ even slips out of your body.

Some of the symptoms of prolapse include:

  • Aches or a feeling of fullness in your pelvis
  • Pelvic pressure that is worse when you stand, cough, or laugh
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful sex
  • Trouble inserting tampons
  • Seeing or feeling a bulge or something coming out of your vagina

If you notice any of these symptoms, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology to make an appointment.

What Causes Prolapse?

Prolapse is due to weakness in the pelvic floor. Some of the factors that contribute to pelvic floor weakness include:

  • Pregnancy and vaginal childbirth
  • Hormonal changes that lead to vaginal atrophy — a condition where your vaginal tissue becomes dry, thin, and weak
  • Long-term pressure from obesity, a chronic cough, or constipation

Your risk of pelvic prolapse also increases as you get older and if you have a family history of the condition.

How is Prolapse Diagnosed?

Your doctor at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology diagnoses prolapse with a physical exam. They may ask you to cough to see if pressure makes the prolapse more severe. The team also runs tests to check for urinary incontinence and your ability to empty your bladder completely, as incontinence is a common side effect of prolapse.

How is Prolapse Treated?

The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology offer a variety of treatments for prolapse, depending on the severity of your condition. For example, you may benefit from a pessary, a removable device that you insert into your vagina to support your pelvic organs. You might also benefit from physical therapy for your pelvic floor.

In some cases, you may need surgery to add support to your pelvic organs. Your doctor can use your own tissue or surgical mesh to create a sling to hold your organs in place.

Call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for pelvic prolapse.