for the Whole Woman
Critical Information on
Pelvic Organ Prolapse You Need to Avoid Risky Surgery
Pelvic organ prolapse generally refers to three primary conditions:
Cystocele - or bladder prolapse, is where the back of the bladder pushes into the vaginal space, often causing the front vaginal wall to bulge out of the vaginal opening. Cystocele can cause urinary retention, or the inability to fully empty your bladder. Urinary retention in turn makes women more susceptible to urinary tract infection.
Rectocele - or prolapse of the front rectal wall, can also bulge into the vaginal space and cause bulging of the back vaginal wall. Rectocele forms a pocket that traps stool, often interfering with the ability to fully empty the rectum. This is not the same condition as rectal prolapse, where the rectal lining pushes out through the anus. Although women do experience rectal prolapse, the condition is actually more common in men.
Uterine Prolapse - where the uterus is pushed backward from the abdominal wall, and in more advanced stages the cervix, or neck of the uterus, protrudes from the vaginal opening.
Women continue to undergo surgery for prolapse at a rate of hundreds of thousands per year. However, all so-called “pelvic floor” surgeries are associated with significant risk and high failure rates. Over the past 150 years every conceivable operation for prolapse has been tried, and all have failed. The reason why is that the gynecologic understanding of the female pelvis is based on a 500-year-old anatomical misunderstanding.