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Pelvic Organ Prolapse: An Overview

There are awkward conditions, and then there is pelvic organ prolapse. It is uncomfortable, upsetting and embarrassing.

With pelvic organ prolapse (POP), there is a bulge at the opening of your vagina, which occurs because one or more of your pelvic organs has slipped or dropped down from their normal position. The organ can be your womb (uterus), bladder, bowel or the top of your vagina.

How does pelvic organ prolapse occur?

Well, usually, the pelvic organs—the uterus, vagina, bladder, and rectum—are propped and held in place by the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor. But when these muscles weaken, the pelvic organs drop downwards into or out of the vagina.

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