What to do about pelvic organ prolapse

Relaxation is usually a good thing, but not when it involves the muscles and tissues holding pelvic organs in place.

Pelvic relaxation is a weakness or laxity in the supporting structures of the pelvic region. Bladder, rectal, or uterine tissue may then bulge into the vagina. This is called pelvic organ prolapse. The term refers to a number of conditions that can dramatically affect a woman's quality of life, causing discomfort and embarrassment and limiting sexual and physical activity.

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