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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is an extremely common female health condition that has been on medical record for over 4000 years; unfortunately it has received little acknowledgment until recently. Women in every country around the world experience symptoms of POP yet have little idea what is occurring in their bodies because they are too embarrassed to discuss it with anyone. It's long past time to shift recognition and get the dialogue established.


Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can occur when the PC or pelvic floor muscles weaken and one or more organ/tissue areas shift out of their normal positions into the vaginal canal. In advanced cases of POP tissues bulge outside of the vagina; the worst case scenario is a woman's uterus can be completely outside of her body. There are 5 types of POP; organs that can prolapse are the bladder (cystocele), intestines (enterocele), rectum (rectocele), uterus (uterine), and vagina (vaginal vault). There are 4 levels of severity; grade 1 is the mildest, grade 4 the most severe. More information about pelvic organ prolapse can be found on the APOPS site.

Classification of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Anterior compartment
  • Bladder (cystocoele), urethra (urethrocoele)
  • Middle compartment
  • Uterus or vaginal vault
  • Posterior compartment
  • Rectum (rectocoele), small bowel or omentum (enterocoele)

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Diary

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