Did you know up to 50% of women who have vaginal deliveries may have some type of prolapse!?
A prolapse is when the vaginal walls are stretched allowing one or more of the organs to drop into the vaginal cavity.

Types of prolapse

- Bladder (cystocele or anterior wall prolapse)
- Bowel (rectocele or posterior wall prolapse)
- Uterus (uterine prolapse)

What causes prolapse?

The main risk factor for prolapse is pregnancy and childbirth – check out our blog to find out about other common risk factors.

Symptoms of a prolapse

- Feeling a lump or bulge inside the vagina
- Pain in the vagina or a dragging in the lower back or pelvis
- Urinary incontinence, urgency or needing to go more often
- Constipation or not being able to empty your bowels fully

How can physiotherapy help?

All our pelvic health physiotherapist's here are Auckland Physiotherapy are trained in assessing for prolapse and pelvic floor function.

Treatment may include:
- Pelvic floor and core strengthening
- Diet and lifestyle advice
- Exercise advice and weight management

We may also suggest the use of a pessary or refer on to a Gynaecologist to discuss surgical options if indicated. The most important thing if you have symptoms of a prolapse or think you may be at risk is to get assessed sooner rather than later to prevent worsening over time.

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