Seeking medical help does not mean that you have to have surgery right away. Non-surgical treatments for prolapse are safe and effective. Many women start with non-surgical treatment and go on to surgery only if their symptoms from prolapse are not under control.
When considering your treatment options, it is best to work with your Urogynecologist to make a plan that works best for you. A lot depends on your individual situation and your preferences.
With most types of pelvic organ prolapse, you have the following conservative (non-surgical) treatment options: watch for now, lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor physical therapy and/or using a pessary, a vaginal support device.
- Watch for Now
Not all prolapse requires treatment. The goals of treatment are to improve your quality of life. So, if the prolapse is not causing discomfort or interfering with the things you enjoy doing, your doctor may suggest holding off on treatment and watching for now.
- Lifestyle and Behavior
- Physical therapy for the pelvic floor
- Vaginal Device (Pessary): vaginal insert that pushes back the prolapse to relieve symptoms
Depending on your treatment preference, the severity of your symptoms, and your general health, POP surgery may be recommended. There are different types of POP surgeries. Before proceeding, please also review the mesh information and POP FAQs.
Work with your Urogynecologist, Urologist, or other provider to develop the most appropriate treatment plan that takes into consideration your overall health, lifestyle, and personal goals.