Q & A

What is a prolapse?

This term means to fall out of or slip out of place. This can happen with different organs of the body, including bladder, vaginal, uterus and rectum.

What is uterine prolapse?

This is referring specifically to the uterus or womb slipping out of place down into the vagina.

What is cystocele?

This is where the bladder has slipped from its position and presses against the vagina wall, usually creating a smooth round bulge at the opening of the vagina.

What is rectocele?

This is where the vaginal wall is weakened and the rectum bulges into the vagina.

Can I still have children with a uterine prolapse?

Yes, yes and yes

Can I still have Sex?

Yes! In fact it can be very helpful as it normally pushes all of the organs back into the correct location.

What are kegels?

Kegels are pelvic floor exercises that regain the tone of your pelvic floor.  They are not a cure for prolapse however many women have found great success with reversing their prolapse after staying on a regular exercise program. I must also mention there are women who have found that doing to many reps can lead to negative symptoms with their prolapse.

Are there any cures for Prolapse?

The answer to that questions depends strongly on who you are speaking with. The medical community believes they can cure it through various types of surgeries. There are also many people who think they can cure it and reverse it by natural ways such as posture, deep pelvic massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbs... I personally believe that we each have a prolapse for different reasons and that depending upon the reason for having will depend on your personal bodies ability to possibly reverse it or cure it.

If you discover a prolapse after recently giving birth many women experience continual improvement up to two years after delivering their child.

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  1. Darlene Gaynor

    Kristina, I am very impressed that you started this site.
    It is unbelievable to me that so many women, well-educated women do not know much about pelvic health.
    These days it is more comfortable to speak about sexual issues than pelvic issues such as bladder problems and prolapse.
    Your readers should know that they are with the majority of the population of women 1 out of 2 and 1 out of every 3 women who experience urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse some time in their lives. (33 million with overactive bladder).
    There are many therapies to successfully relieve their symptoms. Pelvic Floor Therapy (more than just Kegels which can be 50-75% successful), Botox for overactive bladders, medications, Interstim (like a pacemaker for the bladder), midurethral slings – yes made of a form of “mesh” but not placed the same way as the “kits” are/were placed for prolapse with a vaginal approach.
    Slings are the gold standard for stress urinary incontinence. It’s a shame it’s been hit by the negative publicity of the mesh kits that did not go through the same testing.
    Abdominal sacral colpopexy is the gold standard for more advanced vaginal prolapse and robotically we have found it allows for much quicker recoveries.
    I am happy to help out with your site, but it is always best for your readers to see a specialist such as myself that specializes in Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction/Female Urologists/Urogynecologists. Primary care physicians can direct your readers in their areas as well.
    I recently moved to the Philly suburbs so have a little time on my hands right now although I completed my fellowship in 2004.
    Good for you all who have sought information and answers.
    If anyone can think of a way I can get the word out about Female Bladder/Pelvic Health, I’ll take the advice! i.e. a colleague of mine wrote a book/program called Accidental Sisterhood and another wrote Headache in the Pelvis (I think it is called) by Stamford Press. I think I should start a Philly suburb chapter to somehow get the word out to women.
    Best of luck and health for 2014!
    Darlene Gaynor-Krupnick, DO, FACOS
    Female Urology, Pelvic Medicine Reconstruction and Neurourology

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