Pelvic Organ Prolapse

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) means the dropping of the bladder, cervix and uterus, and/or rectum into the vaginal canal.
This is similar to a hernia, and is common in women as they age.


  • You may notice or feel a bulge in the vagina, other common symptoms include pelvic pressure, pain with or without intercourse, difficulty urinating


  • Multiple deliveries, obesity, connective tissue disease, neurologic injury, pelvic surgery, and constipation



Not all prolapse requires treatment. Nonsurgical treatments include kegel exercises or pelvic floor therapy, or a pessary for extra support. More bothersome or advanced cases can be treated with surgery.