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4 important things to know during Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month


by | June 20th, 2015

Dr. Mathews wants to raise awareness about pelvic organ prolapse

9537318_sWomen with pelvic organ prolapse often suffer in silence, too embarrassed to tell their friends, family or even their doctors about their concerns. Dr. J. Kyle Mathews, an experienced, caring North Dallas area urogynecologist, wants to help eliminate the stigma by educating women about four important questions they may have about this condition.

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum drop down, sometimes protruding or bulging out of the vagina. It occurs when weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles and fascia, which is the connective tissue that supports the organs, are no longer strong enough to provide the necessary support.

Am I at risk for developing pelvic organ prolapse?

There are several risk factors:

  • Aging—most cases occur after women have been through menopause
  • Having had vaginal deliveries
  • Obesity
  • Smoking or lung conditions that cause a chronic cough
  • Chronic constipation that causes straining
  • Having a hysterectomy
  • Having a job that involves heavy lifting
  • Having a mother or sister with pelvic organ prolapse
  • Having certain medical conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury

What are the symptoms?

While many women who have pelvic organ prolapse do not have any symptoms, those who do may experience:

  • Feeling pressure, fullness or discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Urination problems, including leakage or problems starting a urinary stream
  • Repeated urinary tract infections
  • Problems during bowel movements – feeling the need to strain or even to push on the vagina to help the bowel movement occur
  • Feeling or seeing a bulging at the vaginal opening

Can pelvic organ prolapse be treated?

Yes! Dr. Mathews wants women to know that there is hope, and treatment is available. A urogynecologist, Dr. Mathews has the expertise with both urology and gynecology to develop an up-to-date treatment plan for you. When it comes to pelvic organ prolapse, seeking treatment can truly change a woman’s life because this condition can profoundly affect day-to-day living and cause embarrassment and stress.

Dr. Mathews wants to help women improve their lives, and he can help you if you believe you suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. Contact us for an appointment today.

Tags: , | Category: Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Vaginal Prolapse |

About

Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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