The lower part of our body, which is located between the hips and below the navel, is commonly known as the pelvis. A number of vital organs in the body of women such as vagina, uterus, urethra, rectum, intestines, cervix, and bladders are located in this tight space.

In some cases, the tissues and muscles inside the pelvis that hold these organs may get torn, weak, or even stretched out. When this happens, some of the organs or body parts that are located in the pelvic area may fail to function normally. In addition to that, some of the body tissues may also stick out of the vagina of women. However, this condition, which is called as prolapse, may affect all the organs that are located in the pelvis.

Recent studies conducted by experts in the field of medical science revealed a shocking conclusion that approximately 50 percent of women in the age range of 50 to 79 experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It is significant to note that pelvic organ prolapse does not always cause symptoms. However, some women who have fallen prey to pelvic organ prolapse often experience mild to severe symptoms.

Many health care providers claim that the symptoms of this health condition will be mild in the mornings, but would get worse as the day goes on. Moreover, the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse will vary from one patient to another depending on what sort of prolapse they have. Some of the most prominent symptoms of this health disorder are discussed below.

Bladder Symptoms

In some cases, pelvic organ prolapse might cause problems with the bladder and patients may have trouble while they are urinating. The common symptoms are:

  • Strong and sudden urge to urinate
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Regular urge to urinate

Bowel Symptoms

Pelvic organ prolapse may also give you troubles with your bowels and some of the most noticeable symptoms are the following.

  • Liquid stools
  • Constipation
  • Pain during bowel movements

Sexual Symptoms

It is seen that pelvic organ prolapse also affects the sex life of some patients. As a result, people with this health disorder may also experience the symptoms such as:

  • Pain during sex
  • Dryness or a sense of looseness in the vagina
  • Low desire to have sex

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, get in touch with our low income medical clinic for medical assistance. Remember, early diagnosis and treatment is very important for the health disorder, as ignoring the symptoms might lead to serious issues.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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