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Can Pelvic Organ Prolapse Be Prevented?

There are many factors that can put you at an increased risk of pelvic organ prolapse. This condition occurs when the internal structures that support the organs in your pelvis give way. Organs in prolapse can leave you feeling uncomfortable pressure or pain and can result in potential health complications. 

While you can experience pelvic organ prolapse at any age, you're most likely to deal with pelvic floor disorders as you get older. Pelvic floor prolapse overwhelmingly affects women who have undergone at least one vaginal childbirth.

Because of all the complex lifestyle, genetic, and health history factors that can lead to pelvic floor disorders, you may not be able to prevent full pelvic organ prolapse. In fact, we're still learning about all of the combinations of factors that contribute to the condition, and some of the ultimate causes for pelvic organ prolapse remain to be discovered. 

At Alabama UROGYN, Dr. Robert C. Brown and his team recommend these treatments and lifestyle changes for patients who want to do everything they can to keep their pelvic floor strong and intact.

Risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse

While we don't know everything about what causes pelvic organ prolapse, some risk factors tend to show up frequently. You could be at higher risk of prolapse if you:

In general, your risk of prolapse goes up with age and due to lifestyle factors and changes in the strength and tone of your pelvic support tissue.

Symptoms to know

The symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can be complex, so pay attention to feelings of pelvic discomfort. Common symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:

What you can do

If you experience prolapse, our care team, led by board-certified urogynecologist Robert Brown, MD, has the expertise you can trust to help you recover. 

If you have genetic risk factors, there might be little you can do to prevent prolapse. But some simple lifestyle changes may make prolapse less likely, especially without genetic factors at play.

To prevent prolapse, you should:

If you're concerned about your risk of pelvic organ prolapse and live in or near Fairhope, Alabama, let our team at Alabama UROGYN evaluate you as soon as possible. We can help diagnose your condition and suggest the right actions for you to take. You can schedule an initial consultation appointment over the phone, or book using the online tool.

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