At Eastside Medical Park Women's Group, Dr. Kupferman offers specialized treatment plans for her patients who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse and its symptoms such as pain and urinary incontinence. She serves patients living in Seattle’s Eastside, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah and Mercer Island.
Also referred to as prolapse or pelvic prolapse, pelvic organ prolapse happens when muscles that support the organs in your pelvis — the bladder, rectum, uterus and vagina — weaken. This causes one or more of them to lower down and bulge out of the vagina.
Pelvic organ prolapse doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms. Symptoms that do occur vary in intensity. Common symptoms include a bulge in your vagina, a sense of fullness or heaviness in your pelvis, pressure in your lower abdomen, lower back pain, urinary incontinence, trouble having bowel movements, discomfort or other challenges during intercourse and difficulty inserting tampons. Any pelvic pressure you experience may worsen when you stand, cough or lift heavy objects.
Having children is the leading cause of pelvic organ prolapse, and is a bit more likely if you delivered vaginally. Aging, genetic factors, intense physical activity, menopause, carrying excess weight, constipation, and pelvic surgery can also contribute.
Dr. Kupferman can determine whether you are experiencing pelvic organ prolapse through a thorough exam that includes vaginal and rectal examination. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms, overall health and medical history.
Pelvic organ prolapse may be managed through bladder training, lifestyle changes such as strategically limiting fluid intake and kegel exercises. These exercises strengthen pelvic muscles and may minimize urinary incontinence. Dr. Kupferman may also recommend a pessary. Once inserted into your vagina this device supports pelvic organs. In some cases surgery is needed to restore normal vaginal depth and function. If you’re suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, call or schedule an appointment online at East Side Medical Park Women’s Group.
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