Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Marietta and Powder Springs, GA

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

About Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If you experience weakness in your pelvic floor area, you might have pelvic organ prolapse. The expert medical team at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates can help. They understand the discomfort this condition can cause and provide treatments to help you overcome the challenges. If you’re experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, call the Marietta or Powder Springs, Georgia, offices today to schedule your appointment. You can also book online.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Q&A

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when one or more of your organs in your pelvic area. Your uterus, bladder, or rectum can descend or bulge into your vaginal canal due to weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. 

This condition is common, especially among women who have experienced childbirth, menopause, or other factors that contribute to pelvic floor dysfunction.

What causes pelvic organ prolapse?

The primary cause of pelvic organ prolapse is weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues that support your pelvic organs. Causes may include:


Vaginal childbirth, particularly multiple births or challenging deliveries, can stretch and weaken your pelvic floor muscles and ligaments.


As you age, your pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues naturally weaken, increasing your risk of pelvic organ prolapse.


The decline in estrogen levels during menopause can lead to changes in your pelvic tissues, further contributing to pelvic floor weakness.

​​Chronic constipation

Straining during bowel movements over a long period can put pressure on your pelvic floor and increase the risk of prolapse.


Excess weight can put additional strain on your pelvic floor muscles and increase your risk of pelvic organ prolapse.

Pelvic surgery

If you’ve had previous pelvic surgeries, such as hysterectomy, your pelvic floor can weaken and increase your risk of prolapse.

What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse may include:

  • A bulge or feeling of pressure in your vaginal area
  • Pelvic or lower back pain
  • Difficulty emptying your bladder or bowels completely
  • Urinary incontinence or leakage
  • Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting

If you show signs of POP, call Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

How is pelvic organ prolapse treated?

Your treatment options at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates may include exercises and techniques aimed at strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. The team may also recommend pessaries — silicone or plastic devices inserted into the vagina — to support prolapsed organs and alleviate symptoms. 

They may advise surgical procedures to repair or reinforce your pelvic floor. Lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss and dietary adjustments, can also help prevent constipation. You should also avoid heavy lifting.  

To learn more about pelvic organ prolapse, call Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates today or book online anytime.