What is a Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse? It’s a situation where the pelvic organs start to fall down into or out of the vagina. It’s something that can occur after delivering a baby, especially if the birth was complicated or involved forceps or vacuum (but not necessarily). The uterus, bladder and rectum are the most common prolapsed organs although the picture above, courtesy of our colleague @pelvicguru1, shows others as well. Symptoms may include feeling like you’re “sitting on a ball”, heaviness or pressure in pelvic area, painful sex, difficulty urinating (or frequent urinary tract infections/UTI’s), leaking urine or stool, or constipation. We feel it’s important for women to be educated about their bodies and to be aware of the symptoms so they can make good decisions about how they approach their exercise program and learn how to treat it if they are symptomatic. Some cases may need surgical repair but many can be managed with pelvic floor physical therapy, internal supports such as pessaries (which need to be fitted) and intelligent exercise programming and movement strategies. Our fellow GPHAM member and colleague @haleyshevener is doing some incredible work in this area especially for athletic women who want continue to train and workout. Check out her @popuplift program!