Women suffering from pelvic heaviness, may have pelvic organ prolapse (or POP). Pelvic organ prolapse is thought to affect 1 in 2 women worldwide. POP is when one or more organs shift out of their normal positions into the vaginal canal due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.
Vaginal childbirth and menopause are the two leading causes of pelvic organ prolapse, however chronic coughing, heavy lifting, abdominal surgeries and chronic constipation can also lead to POP.
Many women with prolapse are asymptomatic. However, others may have symptoms and the complaints vary, including:
A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the vagina that worsens throughout the day
Feeling different “down there”
- Feeling like you are “sitting on a golf ball”
Extra tissue in the vaginal opening
Unable to insert or keep a tampon in place
Needing to use a finger to splint near or in the vagina during a bowel movement
Though the word prolapse can be scary, the research supports pelvic floor physical therapy for successful treatment for POP. In addition to strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, physical therapy helps to coordinate your pelvic floor with the rest of your body, especially with functional movement patterns (correct lifting techniques) and lifestyle modifications.
You are more than your pelvic floor and pelvic floor PT is more than just kegels. I will look at your whole body, daily activities and habits to work with you to address your personal goals and give you the tools to manage your pelvic organ prolapse with confidence.