The definition of prolapse is the descent and eventual protrusion of an internal pelvic organ through the vagina or anus.
Prolapse can occur with the bladder, the uterus and/or the rectum.
Also called Cystocele or Anterior Wall Prolapse, this occurs when the bladder shifts out of its optimal position and bulges into the anterior wall of the vagina.
Also called Uterine Decensus, this occurs when the uterus descends into the vagina.
The rectum can bulge into the posterior wall of the vagina which is called a Rectocele or a Posterior Wall Prolapse. The rectum can also bulge out the anus which is called a rectal prolapse.
This occurs when the intestines start to descend into the lower pelvic cavity and can create a bulge at the top part of the vagina.
Vaginal Vault Prolapse
This occurs when the upper part of the vagina sags into the lower vagina. It is very common after hysterectomy.
Prolapse is typically graded on a 1-4 scale or a 1-3 scale with 3 or 4 being the most advanced.
It can sometimes take 20 to 30 years for a pelvic organ prolapse to develop, or it can happen suddenly.
From a statistics perspective, 50% of parous women (women who have given birth) have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse.
I have experienced a stage 2 uterine prolapse and a stage 2 rectocele. I reversed the uterine prolapse with a combination of hypopressives and pelvic floor exercise. I lived with the rectocele for 9 years and eventually had surgery to fix it after trying all conservative methods. You can read more about my surgery on my blog.
I have helped myself and hundreds of women overcome prolapse and have all of my tips, techniques and education in my Kegel Mojo – Prolapse program.