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Can Pelvic Prolapse Be Prevented?

dreamstime_s_29320627What is pelvic prolapse?

Also called a pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic prolapse occurs when the vagina, uterus, small bowel, bladder, or rectum falls from its normal place.

What causes pelvic prolapse to occur?

Pelvic prolapse can occur when a woman’s pelvic floor muscles are weakened. Prolapse is most common post-childbirth. It is also common during or after menopause.

Does pelvic prolapse hurt?

The experience of pelvic prolapse can differ from woman to woman. Some women experience mild discomfort, while others may feel severe pain.

Can pelvic prolapse be prevented?

Yes! There are steps women can take to help prevent pelvic prolapse. Of course, preventative measures are not 100 percent effective, especially as events like childbirth and menopause take their toll on the female body. However, a strong pelvic floor is important for a range of health concerns, such as pain-free intercourse, urinary continence, and more.

The Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF) has created two comprehensive guides to pelvic prolapse and pelvic prolapse prevention:

We invite you to review the pelvic prolapse guides provided above and to contact UGCSF with any questions or concerns.