Conservative management of pelvic organ prolapse

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Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition with one in 10 women undergoing surgery during their lifetime. In the community 8% of women complain of the symptom of a vaginal bulge which is the symptom that most closely correlates with the finding of a prolapse on examination. Pelvic organ prolapse can impair urinary, bowel and sexual function. The most important part of prolapse management is obtaining a comprehensive pelvic floor history and understanding the woman's treatment goals and expectations. A standardised examination aids further decision making. Conservative treatment options include observation, lifestyle advice, pelvic floor muscle training and use of a pessary. Treatment choice is guided by patient preference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalObstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • pelvic floor muscle training
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • pessary


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