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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Prolapse is a common condition. Although predominantly found in older patients, women in their 20’s and 30’s are also frequently seen and treated for this condition as well. As much as 50% of women who have children will have some type of prolapse in their lifetime. Prolapse may be symptom-free or it may cause a great deal of discomfort and distress.

Prolapse may be referred to by numerous names, including uterine prolapse, vaginal prolapse, pelvic relaxation, cystocele, rectocele, and enterocele. These different types of prolapse are divided into three categories according to the part of the vagina they affect: front wall, back wall or top of the vagina. It is not uncommon to have more than one type of prolapse.