Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

POP refers to descending of any of the pelvic organs due to stretching of the ligaments, muscles and fascia, which suspend these organs within the pelvis.

POP will affect approximately 1 in 5 Australian women during their lifetime. This is a scary statistic, and one that can be reduced by providing excellent TA and pelvic floor education to our patients.


Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Parts of the body that can prolapse, include the following:




Small Bowel

As a result of prolapse, these organs may then sit lower within the pelvis, or in extreme cases, be pushed outside of the vaginal canal or anus. Common causes of prolapse may include pregnancy, labour and childbirth, obesity or overweight, chronic coughing or sneezing, constipation and heavy lifting involving a Valsalva Manoeuvre, with poor technique. POP may present in different ways, and can even go unnoticed. Common symptoms may include experiencing abnormal increased pressure within the pelvic region, back pain/ache, incontinence, constipation, painful intercourse and spotting or bleeding.

Severe cases will usually require surgery. However, pelvic floor rehabilitation, strengthening and clinical Pilates can help manage the condition, and prevent the prolapse from progressing and becoming worse.

How can BodySmart Health+ help?

Caution is needed when exercising with prolapse, many movements and exercises, such as crunching, curling and planking, are typically unsafe and contraindicated. A Women’s Health Exercise Physiologist can tailor exercise treatment to guide you through safe movements, manage your prolapse, and prevent any worsening of the condition.
A key focus on managing symptoms is the education on the pelvic floor, deep core retraining and teaching you techniques for deepbreathing, toileting, lifting and avoiding straining. At Body Smart, we have the expertise to provide safe and effective care in the treatment and management of prolapse.

Contact a Bodysmart Women+ Specialist to discuss how we can best help you