Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is what happens when the internal pelvic organs eventually descend and protrude through vagina or anus. It’s often caused by weakening & stretching of structures that support the pelvic organs (including the muscles of your pelvic floor!).

If you’re experiencing pelvic organ prolapse, or you just want to be proactive in preventing one, pelvic floor physiotherapy can help you to:

Keep Your Organs In!

The pelvic floor helps to keep pelvic organs inside the body (yup, having them on the outside is a thing!). Pelvic floor physio can help to strengthen the muscles that can weaken, stretch, and ultimately, lead to prolapse.

Manage Symptoms 

Getting assessed by a pelvic health physiotherapist (or your doctor!) is the first step in managing your prolapse symptoms. Your pelvic floor physio can teach you and support you with core and pelvic floor exercises from there.

Learn Positive Habits

If you have or are prone to prolapse, it’s important to learn to support your pelvic floor with good movement and bathroom habits. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist will explain what’s going in on your body and give you new strategies to try.

Get Prolapse Support

Book Individual Physiotherapy

A 1:1 pelvic floor physio appointment will equip you with education, exercises, and movement strategies tailored to you.

Join Group Pelvic Floor Classes

Core & Pelvic Floor classes combine different techniques and exercises to help you understand your body and retrain your muscles.

Cheryl working with a Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Client

Frequently Asked Questions About Prolapse

Do I have to do kegels my whole life?

World renowned researcher Kari Bo says this is the million dollar question! The answer is that it’s really an individual thing. Some women never do kegels, and some women do have to do them very regularly to keep symptoms at bay.

Some of the factors that influence this are pelvic history (big babies, forceps, etc.), how active you are, and what things you like to do. However, being active and doing things like lifting weights and running do NOT make you more susceptible to Pelvic Floor issues!

Will I need a physical exam?

Not necessarily. Not everyone needs to have an internal pelvic floor physio exam, because we can make very accurate assumptions about the issue by taking an in-depth history.  Also, many GP’s are now doing more of an exam instead of just doing a pap test, so there’s no need to duplicate.

But, if you do need an exam, know that it’s a totally normal part of our day. It can even be a good experience! 98% of women comment that they’re very happy having had an exam, because they feel better knowing what’s going on with their Pelvic Floor. Many women say they would prefer not to have an exam initially, but once they start working on a program, they come back and want to confirm what they’re feeling (or not feeling).

If I book an online session or class, how will you know if I’m doing the exercises right?

I like to keep things simple and give you all of the education and background you need to fully understand why you’re doing each one, so it’ll be hard to do any of the exercises I give you wrong! During your visit, I’ll teach you the exercises and then get you to explain them back to me, because teaching something is one of the best ways to make sure you really know something.

Once you understand why you’re doing an exercise, you’ll easily know when you’re not getting the results you want