Pelvic Organ Prolapse Specialists in Wilkes Barre, PA
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse, formally referred to as Enterocele, is a condition in which the small bowel presses against and moves the upper wall of the vagina and causes a bulge or hernia to form. Enterocele is most commonly caused due to childbirth, aging or other processes that put pressure on the pelvic floor. When the muscles and ligaments that support pelvic organs are weakened, pelvic organ prolapses are more likely to occur. In most cases, pelvic prolapse can be treated effectively by our team near Wilkes Barre using non-surgical means, but in more advanced cases, surgery may be required.
If you have any questions about pelvic organ prolapse, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Riverview Urologic Associates at (570) 288-3601.
What are the Symptoms of Enterocele?
Symptoms of pelvic prolapse, or small bowel prolapse, include the following:
- A pulling sensation felt in the pelvis, only eased by lying down
- A soft tissue bulge in the vagina
- Discomfort and/or pain in the vagina, especially during intercourse
- A feeling of pressure, pain, or fullness in the vagina
- Lower back pain that is only relieved by lying down
What are Common Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pressure on the pelvic floor is the reason small bowel prolapse occurs. The most common cause for this sort of increased pressure is childbirth, which can cause the muscles, ligaments and fascia that hold and support the vagina to stretch and weaken (this could also occur during pregnancy or labor). However, enterocele could occur due to other reasons, including straining bowel movements, repeated heavy lifting, obesity, or even a particularly bad cough or bronchitis.
What can put you at risk for pelvic organ prolapse?
As stated above, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of pelvic organ prolapse. However, it is important to note that not every pregnant woman should be considered at risk for enterocele. Here are some additional risk factors that could contribute to a pelvic organ prolapse:
- Advanced age – Women who are older tend to have less muscle mass in general, which includes the pelvic floor region
- Abdominal pressure – This can be caused by obesity or repeated strain due to heavy lifting, chronic coughs, etc.
- Smoking – Smoking has been linked to small bowel prolapse since smokers tend to cough more, which can cause increased abdominal pressure (see above).
If you believe you may have a prolapsed pelvic organ, please call Riverview Urologic Associates at (570) 288-3601 to schedule an appointment today.