Pelvic Support Issues
Pelvic support issues occur when the structures that support the pelvic region weaken and the tissue from the rectum, bladder or uterus protrudes into the vagina. Once rarely discussed, ObGyn Corpus Christi Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker says that pelvic support issues have now become an integral part of a women’s overall health.
Different types of pelvic support issues affect various parts of the vagina:
Cystocele happens when the bladder protrudes into the front wall of the vagina.
Urethrocele is a related condition that occurs when the urethra bulges into the front vaginal wall.
Rectocele occurs when a portion of the rectum bulges into the back wall of the vagina, sometimes resulting in difficulty with defecation.
Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus drops into the vagina. In women who have undergone a hysterectomy, a vaginal vault prolapse can happen in which the top of the vagina protrudes into the lower vagina.
When the pelvic floor muscles weaken, the tissue and ligaments have to take over supporting the weight. Eventually, they can stretch and falter, allowing the pelvic organs to drop and protrude into the vaginal wall.
Women who have experienced multiple vaginal births are at the most heightened risk for pelvic support issues, particularly post-menopause.
Women who experience a mild prolapse may experience no symptoms at all, but some patients experience a great deal of discomfort and a number of other symptoms, including:
- Pelvic pressure, leg fatigue, and lower back pain
- Cystocele, urethrocele, and uterine prolapse can increase the symptoms of stress incontinence
- A rectocele can result in a problem defecating by creating a pocket directly above the anal sphincter in which stool can become confined, causing pain, pressure, and constipation
- Pelvic support issues can inflame the vaginal tissues or pain during sex
If you’re suffering from pelvic support issues and are in need of a reputable and personable ObGyn, Corpus Christi, TX residents rely on the professional and caring staff at Innovations in Women’s Health under the direction of gynecologic surgeon Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker.
Don’t wait – call us today at 361-929-7088 to schedule your confidential consultation.