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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the vagina has weakened, allowing pelvic organs to fall through the weakened portion of your vagina. The two main symptoms of POP are feeling of a bulge in the vaginal area, and seeing part of the vagina come out.

POP can occur within three anatomical locations within the vagina:

  • Apical prolapse is when the inner most part of the vagina has weakened, and the uterus and small bowel can fall through.
  • Anterior wall vaginal prolapse is indicated by weakened support of the “top” part of the vagina, which can allow the bladder to fall through.
  • Posterior vaginal wall prolapse is weakened support of the “bottom” part of the vagina, allowing the rectum to fall through.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Dr Rickey

Yale's Dr. Leslie Rickey on what women need to know about Pelvic Organ Prolapse and the range of options for treatment.