Pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the tissues and muscles that hold pelvic organs in place are stretched or weakened, and the organs move from their natural positions to press against the vaginal wall.

Pelvic organ prolapse is strongly linked to labor and vaginal childbirth. It can also be related to prior pelvic surgery and anything that causes increased pressure in the abdomen, such as obesity, respiratory problems with a long-lasting (chronic) cough, or constipation.