Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health
Female Urology & Gynecology located in Auburn, CA
Age, childbirth, and menopause weaken the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs. Without intervention, pelvic organs can drop into, even out of, the vagina. Board-certified physician James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, wants women to know pelvic organ prolapse is not uncommon and it can be repaired. Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health in Placer County, California, offers safe and effective surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse to boost your confidence and help you feel more like yourself again. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Q & A
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a pelvic floor disorder. The bladder, uterus, cervix, and rectum are supported by muscles and tissues that act as a sort of hammock. For different reasons, these muscles and tissues become loose or weak over time, causing the pelvic organs to drop into or out of the vagina.
The type of pelvic organ prolapse depends on which organs are affected. Pelvic organ prolapse can be caused by:
- Family history
- Long-term pressure on the abdomen
- Menopausal hormonal changes
- Vaginal childbirth
One in five women experience a pelvic floor disorder at some point; for 3% of women, it’s pelvic organ prolapse.
What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms vary greatly from woman to woman depending on the pelvic organs affected and the severity of the condition. Symptoms can include:
- A visible bulge in the vagina
- A feeling of pelvic aching, fullness, pain, or pressure, especially during sex or other physical activity
- Leaking of urine and/or difficulty having bowel movements
- Pelvic pressure that increases with coughing or standing
To help Dr. Dunn and his team treat you effectively, let him know if your symptoms increase at certain times of the day or during certain activities.
How is pelvic organ prolapse treated?
Auburn Urogynecology offers several treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Dunn considers your age, health history, symptoms, and fertility concerns before recommending the best option for you.
Pelvic organ prolapse treatments include:
Pelvic floor rehabilitation
Dr. Dunn creates your personalized program that includes pelvic exercises, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation designed to improve the strength and function of the pelvic floor.
Your provider uses pessary as an effective tool in the management of a number of gynecologic problems. The pessary is most commonly used in the management of pelvic support defects such as cystocele and rectocele. Pessaries can also be used in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.
These procedures are performed to repair weaknesses, openings, and prolapses in any of the pelvic tissues, muscles, or organs. Surgery is generally minimally invasive and requires minimal downtime.
Because Dr. Dunn and his staff take an evidence-based approach to your care, you can feel confident knowing that the most effective, clinically proven procedures are always available to you at Auburn Urogynecology.
To find out what’s behind your symptoms, call or book an appointment online today.