An Intro to Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) – The 5 W’s

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a very common condition, upwards of 50% of women over the age of 50 will have a pelvic organ prolapse. So why should you care as a new mom under 40? Well, childbirth is a major cause of prolapse in younger women. 50% of women that have children will experience prolapse in their life. POP is also something that develops over time, its impact is often felt 20-30 years after childbirth. Learning what it is and what you can do about it now is crucial in managing and preventing the problem.

WHAT?
It is when one or more pelvic organs descend into the vaginal canal and are no longer in their normal position. There are different types of POP:

cystocele: the bladder pushes against the anterior (front) wall of the vagina
urethrocele: the urethra pushes against the anterior wall
urethrocystocele: the urethra and bladder are both pushing against the anterior wall
rectocele: the rectum pushes against the posterior (back) wall of the vagina
enterocele: the small intestines push against the wall through the top-front or top-back of the vagina
uterine: the uterus comes down into the vagina (the cervix sits much lower than normal)
vaginal vault: the top of the vagina comes down like a sock that is turned inside out after a hysterectomy

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Julia Di Paolo
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Julia Di Paolo is a Registered Physiotherapist and certified Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, with a special interest in women’s health and has developed a treatment and exercise program for diastasis recti abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence and prolapse. Julia is ¬fluent in both French and English, and can assess and treat patients in their language of choice. Julia is passionate about empowering women through strengthening their self image, confidence and self-esteem.
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