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What is Pelvic Relaxation / Prolapsee

Pelvic relaxation is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This allows the uterus or bladder to sag or bulge into the vaginal canal. A sagging uterus is called a uterine prolapse. A sagging bladder is called a cystocele. Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles can result from childbearing, excessive coughing, heavy lifting, pelvic or abdominal surgery, or obesity. Mild relaxation may not cause any symptoms. More severe relaxation may cause the following symptoms:
  • Heaviness or pressure in the vagina, may feel like something is going to “fall out”
  • Aching or pressure in the pelvis, lower back, or groin.
  • Bladder control problems
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Difficulty having bowel movements

How is it Treated

Treatment may be as simple as performing Kegel exercises, ones that tighten and strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor, or it may require surgery. There are several options for treatment. Discuss your symptoms and concerns with your provider to decide on the type of treatment that is right for you.