So what exactly is a prolapse?
A pelvic organ prolapse is ‘the dropping of a pelvic organ’, due to reduced support of those organs. There are three main types of prolapse, which can involve the uterus, the bladder, or the rectum.
- Uterine prolapse: the uterus drops into the vagina
- Anterior (“front”) vagina wall prolapse: the bladder drops onto the front wall of the vagina
- Posterior (“back”) vagina wall prolapse: the rectum drops onto the back wall of the vagina
There are 4 different grades of prolapse, and one-third of women experience a prolapse that goes to the level of the vagina and beyond.