Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is common, especially in older women. Prolapse occurs when your bladder, uterus, or rectum slips out of place down into your vagina. It is the pelvic floor muscles that keep your pelvic organs in their proper positions. When your pelvic floor muscles become too tight or too weak, your pelvic organs can shift, and even drop. Pelvic floor physiotherapy for prolapse can potentially help you regain the pelvic floor support you need, and help get you back to feeling yourself again.
Bladder prolapse, aka cystocele, is when your bladder drops down and bulges into the front wall of your vagina. Uterine prolapse is when your uterus loses support and slips down into your vagina. And rectal prolapse, aka a rectocele, occurs when your rectum bulges into the back wall of your vagina.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse might include:
- incomplete bladder or bowel emptying
- a sensation of vaginal or rectal heaviness or pressure
- seeing or feeling a lump in your vagina or perineum
- lower back or pelvic pain
- pain or discomfort during intercourse
Doing exercises but they're not helping? Be aware that strengthening your pelvic floor is not always the answer, and that even if exercise is indicated for your concern, that you may not be doing them precisely right. Meeting with our pelvic floor physiotherapist Nancy Lu, could be the first step towards discovering the answers you need.