Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) - your pelvic organs protrude into or out of your vagina.

The uterus, bladder, or rectum can shift in position and bulge into the vagina. This can range from a very mild shift that you may not feel at all to being fully inverted outside of your body. Typically this isn't painful but can feel like pressure or heaviness in your vagina - kind of like sitting on an egg. The pressure is often worse when sitting or standing and better when lying down.


  • 3 to 5 out of 10 women have POP to some degree

  • risk increases with age, number of pregnancies, weight, and after hysterectomy


POP occurs when changes in pelvic floor musculature, ligaments, fascia, and nerves lead to inadequate support. Pregnancy, delivery, trauma, and nerve damage can all contribute to decreased pelvic floor strength and tone, as well as damage to the connective tissue.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help to reduce the sensation of pressure and reduce the symptoms of POP.

© 2020 by Kate Jones

Hamilton, Ontario

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