Beat the Bulge
If you ever were to notice a bulge in your vagina, here are some common reactions that you might have.
1. Is my vagina falling out?
2. Am I inflating?
3. What is that?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is very common and is one of the main conditions we treat at Austin Urogynecology. POP can originate in the bladder, uterus, or rectum and is often in all three. Women tend to come across these bulges when they are either cleaning in the shower or when wiping and immediately start to wonder, “What is going on?!”
Where did it come from?
Over time, the stretching and relaxation of supportive tissues in the vagina can lead to the development of POP and the bulging effect that women notice. It can be alarming when it’s first detected, but due to its slow progression, POP tends to linger around for years and take a while to reveal itself. Like a sketchy neighbor who never leaves his house.
But with the help of Austin’s best urogynecologist, Dr. Shashoua, you don’t have to live with creepy stew looking out his window all the time and endure the discomfort that comes along with Pelvic Organ Prolapse. After finding a Texas urogynecology expert, the first step is to start with an exam to identify what kind of symptoms you are having. Trouble emptying your bladder? Urinary leakage or UTI’s? Pelvic pressure? Trouble with bowel movements?
Based on your symptoms and exam, our advanced urogynecology experts will come up with the best options for your individualized and unique treatment plan.
Treatment may include pelvic floor physical therapy or surgery, or simple observation if the prolapse is small or not bothersome. Larger prolapse is usually treated with surgical repair to restore the anatomy of the vagina. With prolapse surgery, the vagina is lifted, lengthened and if stretched or overly relaxed, the vagina is tightened (like in vaginal rejuvenation) as well.
So if you or someone you know is dealing with POP and experiencing discomfort in their day to day life, whether it be in exercise, work, or intercourse, schedule an office visit with a Texas urogynecology specialist today and get back to the life you want to live.
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