Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when there is inadequate support of the bladder, uterus or rectum by the pelvic floor muscles and associated ligaments; or when there is excessive pressure on the pelvic organs. Either or both of these factors can cause sagging and a downward bulge of any or all of the pelvic organs into the vagina. Childbirth is often the cause of a prolapse, affecting 50% of parous (child bearing) women.


Symptoms of a POP may include:
  • Heaviness or pain in the vagina & perineum
  • Sensations of something “coming down” or a lump bulging out of the vagina
  • Pain or decreased sensation with intercourse
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Difficulty emptying your bowel & bladder
  • A slow urine stream during voiding

  • Medical research confirms that pelvic floor muscle training is the most effective treatment option in addressing both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

    At PhysioMotion, our Women’s Health Physiotherapist will carry out a full assessment of your pelvic floor muscle strength and function using real time ultrasound imaging in addition to an internal examination. If indicated, a pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation program will be prescribed, which may include pelvic floor muscle exercises, biofeedback, intravaginal electrical stimulation, bladder training and abdominal core stabilisation exercises. In addition, any other factors that are contributing to increased pressures on the pelvic floor will be addressed during a comprehensive assessment.
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