If you’ve been feeling unusual pressure in your abdomen or started to experience symptoms like incontinence, it could be due to bladder/uterine prolapse. Melissa Marie Gutierrez, MD, FACOG, practicing in Beverly Hills, California, is a highly qualified OB/GYN who provides outstanding gynecological services for her patients, including those who have pelvic prolapse. With Dr. Gutierrez's help, you can find effective treatments for bladder/uterine prolapse that relieve your symptoms and restore your health. Call Beverly Hills OB/GYN today or book an appointment online.
A prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues don’t have the strength to support the organs in the pelvis, which results in some or all of the pelvic organs dropping out of position.
The layer of muscle and connective tissues that supports your pelvic organs is called the pelvic floor. Usually, the pelvic floor is strong enough to support the organs above without any problem, but there are several reasons why it might weaken.
Pregnancy and vaginal birth are the most common causes of bladder/uterine prolapse. The weight of the growing baby on the abdomen, followed by the extensive stretching of tissues during childbirth, can damage your pelvic floor.
Other factors that make bladder/uterine prolapse more likely include:
Bladder/uterine prolapse is possible at any age, but the majority of cases are experienced by postmenopausal women.
Symptoms of bladder/uterine prolapse depend on how severely the organs are affected. It’s possible to have no symptoms and be unaware there’s any prolapse until you have a routine pelvic exam.
Mild cases of bladder/uterine prolapse may cause a bulge that you can feel inside your vagina, and in more severe cases, organs can start to push out of your vagina. Other symptoms include:
Dr. Gutierrez diagnoses bladder/uterine prolapse by performing a pelvic exam.
If your symptoms are mild and not causing problems, you may only need to be monitored. It helps to improve your general health, for example losing weight to reduce pressure on the pelvic floor and eating a healthy diet to reduce constipation.
Kegel exercises are an excellent method of restoring strength to your pelvic floor muscles and aid in reducing incontinence and prevent worsening of the prolapse.
Dr. Gutierrez may prescribe a pessary, a soft device that fits in your vagina, to support the bladder and uterus after prolapse. If your symptoms are severe and other interventions are ineffective, Dr. Gutierrez may recommend surgery.
If you have any symptoms of bladder/uterine prolapse, call Dr. Gutierrez today, or book an appointment online.