The organs within a woman’s pelvis (uterus, bladder and rectum) are normally held in place by ligaments and muscles known as the pelvic floor. If these support structures are weakened by overstretching, the pelvic organs can bulge (prolapse) from their natural position into the vagina. When this happens it is known as pelvic organ prolapse. Sometimes a prolapse may be large enough to protrude outside the vagina.
This information is for you if you have been told that you have or if you think you may have
a prolapse into the vagina. It explains:
- Why pelvic organ prolapse happens
- The different types of prolapse
- Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse
- How prolapse is diagnosed
- Treatment options, including the different types of surgery