What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Are mothers of preemie twins more apt to have pelvic organ prolapse? I doubt any studies have been done on the statistics of such, but it wouldn’t surprise me if so. What is pelvic organ prolapse you ask? Sometimes shortened by doctors to “POP” is when the tissues that hold your pelvic organs in place become weak or stretched. It is estimated that 30% to 50% of women may experience pelvic organ prolapse in their lifetime (of course women’s pelvic organs are going to be stretched during child bearing!), but only 2% of them have developing symptoms where organs can bulge (prolapse) into the vagina and sometimes even past the vaginal opening (reminds me of my aunt complaining that her uterus was hanging out of her vagina)! More than one organ can prolapse as well, not just the uterus, but also the bladder, rectum and bowel.

If you’ve been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, you may have to have a surgery where transvaginal mesh is used to repair the weakened vaginal wall. Unfortunately, sometimes transvaginal placement of surgical mesh causes complications, such as mesh erosion, pain, organ perforation and/or urinary problems. There are even pending transvaginal mesh lawsuits in litigation where women have been awarded compensation from a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. So do your research before agreeing to such surgery.