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Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more sides of the vaginal wall, which in some women can lead to bothersome symptoms.


A cystocele is a protrusion of the anterior wall (or bladder), a rectocele is the protrusion of the posterior wall (or rectum), while an enterocele is the protrusion of the intestines, typically at the roof of the vagina.


Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse may include:

  • Vaginal bulge
  • Discomfort with intercourse
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Repeated vaginal or urine infection
  • “Splinting” or the need to manually assist in reducing prolapse, often to void or defecate
  • Back pain or lower abdominal and pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence, such as stress, urgency, or postural incontinence
  • Urinary frequency, urgency, or overactive bladder syndrome
  • Urinary hesitancy, slow urine stream, straining to urinate, incomplete bladder emptying, or position-dependent voiding
  • Fecal incontinence, straining to defecate, constipation, and incomplete evacuation


Treatments for pelvic organ prolapse range from conservative measures to surgery and include the following:

  • Biofeedback and pelvic floor re-education
  • MonaLisa Touch laser therapy for mild prolapse
  • Pessary insertion (plastic ring placed in the office to support the vaginal walls)
  • Surgery: cystocele repair, rectocele repair, enterocele repair, vaginal vault suspension, vaginal closure, hysterectomy


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