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Types of Pelvic Prolapses

Pelvic prolapse is a condition that is very painful and usually requires surgery to rectify. If you have a pelvic prolapse in Naperville, you should visit a Naperville prolapse specialist as soon as possible.

Prolapses can happen gradually, and in the beginning, there may be no symptoms. However, when the prolapse is advanced, the pain and result are hard to miss.

Prolapses can cause other medical disorders such as urinary tract infections. It can also affect other areas of your life such as your sexual life.

The pelvis is held in place by ligaments and connective tissue while supported underneath by the pelvic floor muscle. If any of the above is damaged, the pelvis is prolapsed putting major organs at risk.

Pelvic prolapses happen due to too much strain or pressure on the pelvis. Pelvic prolapse can happen during pregnancy or at childbirth, when you are constipated, when you lift too heavy at the gym or when you have a chronic cough.

The main types of pelvic prolapses include:

Vaginal Prolapse

Women are at a higher risk of pelvic prolapses than men because of their physiology. A vaginal prolapse is one of the more common types of prolapses around.

When the vaginal wall is overstretched, the entire wall can fall down towards the vulva. It is not only painful but also looks quite unusual.

 A vaginal prolapse can affect either the front or the back of the vaginal wall. Therefore, a diagnosis to determine which it affects is crucial as they will often have different symptoms.

Uterine Prolapse

The uterine prolapse is a notch more serious than the vaginal prolapse. As the name suggests, it affects the uterus and sometimes the cervix.

The collapse of the uterine wall is different from what happens during menstruation. During a uterine prolapse, the uterus or cervix drops out of place.

The uterus can sometimes even fall off completely and protrude from the vagina which can be seen as a massive bulge from the vagina. However, protrusions only happen in the most severe of cases.

Bladder Prolapse

A bladder prolapse mostly affects women and can even happen in a woman without a uterus. It is often caused by a weak pelvic floor muscle.

When a bladder prolapses, it shifts its position which can result in a vaginal bulge. Bladder prolapses often cause stress urinary incontinence which is the involuntary loss of urine while coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

Bladder prolapses happen in conjunction with other types of prolapses. It primarily happens alongside vaginal prolapses.

Bowel Prolapse

A bowel prolapse can also be called a posterior wall prolapse. It involves the bowels bulging forward into the back wall of the vagina.

The rectum is an important but often ignored part of our anatomy. A prolapsed rectum is very painful, especially when you have bowel movements and can cause serious inconvenience.

A bowel prolapse can also occur alongside other types of pelvic organ prolapses such as the vaginal prolapse. Such a combination can be devastating and will require immediate surgery.