Pelvic Organ Prolapse Specialist

Urologic Surgeons of Arizona

Urologists & Primary Care Physicians located in Mesa, AZ & Gilbert, AZ

Pelvic organ prolapse affects 1 of 2 women around the world. This embarrassing and stressful issue causes your pelvic organs to drop into your vagina, often causing symptoms like pain and urinary incontinence. At Urologic Surgeons of Arizona in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, talented physician Kashif Alvi, MD, is a women’s urology expert offering pelvic organ prolapse treatments to help you recover and feel healthy again. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online now.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Q & A

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the muscles, ligaments, and tendons supporting your uterus, cervix, bladder, and rectum grow loose. When this happens, at least one of these pelvic organs drops into your vagina and causes discomfort and other problems.

The types of pelvic organ prolapse include:

Cystocele

Cystocele, also called a dropped bladder, is the most common type of pelvic organ prolapse.

Rectocele

Rectocele is rectum prolapse, which happens when your rectum drops into your vagina.

Uterine prolapse

Uterine prolapse, also called a dropped uterus, happens when your uterus drops into your vagina.

Enterocele

Enterocele is a small-bowel prolapse in which a portion of your small intestine drops into your vagina. It sometimes happens at the same time as uterine prolapse.

Dr. Alvi can identify the type of pelvic organ prolapse you’re suffering from and then provide effective treatment.

What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse symptoms include pain in your pelvis affecting your bowels, bladder, uterus, and/or ovaries. Other symptoms can include:

  • Feeling of pressure in your vagina and/or rectum
  • Sensation of fullness in your vagina and/or rectum
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty using tampons

Your symptoms can vary according to the type and severity of the uterine organ prolapse you have.

What causes pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse happens for a few common reasons, including:

  • Vaginal childbirth, especially multiple vaginal childbirths
  • Abdominal pressure caused by obesity, chronic cough, or other issues
  • Hormone changes that happen during menopause

Genetic and hereditary conditions can also contribute to pelvic organ prolapse.

How do you treat pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. Alvi diagnoses your specific type and degree of pelvic organ prolapse and designs a treatment plan that will work for you. 

Potential treatments include pelvic exercises, hormone replacement, uterine suspension (also called a uterine sling), and in the most severe cases, hysterectomy (surgical removal of your uterus).

At Urologic Surgeons of Arizona, Dr. Alvi is ready to treat your pelvic organ prolapse and help you get back to a healthy life. Call the office nearest you or click the online scheduling tool for an appointment today.