Have you felt a pressure in your pelvic area that won't go away? Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse? Does it constantly feel like you are wearing a tampon, and it’s falling out? Or have you had difficulties going to the bathroom lately?
At first you may have wondered if these symptoms were “all in your head” – but as symptoms persist over time, you know their impact on your life is real – and troubling. What might be happening to your body, and how can you start feeling like yourself again?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common but rarely discussed condition in which organs in the pelvic region drop out of their normal position and protrude, or “prolapse,” into the vaginal canal.
In one study conducted in Sweden, prolapse occurred in more than 55% of women from age 50-59.1
In the US, about 4 out of 10 women over age 50 have some form of prolapse.2
More than 1 in 10 women is at risk of having surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence by age 80.3
Pelvic organ prolapse can have a profound impact on your quality of life. It can be uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. Women tend to limit their daily activities and avoid sex because of pain and the need to urinate frequently.
But—there is a treatment that may help.
If, like many women, you’ve been reluctant to talk about pelvic organ prolapse, you may not realize how common it is – or that you don’t have to accept the limits it can put on your lifestyle.
GYNECARE PROLIFT® Pelvic Floor Repair System is a soft, synthetic mesh that helps restore proper support of prolapsed organs like the bladder, rectum or uterus. The doctor inserts the mesh through the vagina and corrects the position of any organs that have “dropped out” of their normal position, or prolapsed. The GYNECARE PROLIFT® mesh acts as a supportive sling, restoring support and keeping prolapsed organs in their correct positions.
Current peer-reviewed data shows that the GYNECARE PROLIFT® kit is an effective pelvic floor repair device with high patient satisfaction.4
There are some risks associated with pelvic organ prolapse repair with surgical mesh. They include: Vaginal mesh exposure, pelvic pain or pain with intercourse, infection, difficulty urinating, and injury to blood vessels, nerves, bladder, urethra or bowel. The risk of mesh exposure is higher for women who smoke. Mesh exposure can cause pain during intercourse and may require additional treatment, including surgery.
Synthetic mesh is a permanent medical device implant. Therefore, you should discuss the surgery with your doctor and understand the benefits and risks of mesh implant surgery before deciding how to treat your condition.
You don’t have to live with pelvic organ prolapse – learn more about GYNECARE PROLIFT®  or find a doctor familiar with GYNECARE® products who can provide treatment .
|1.||Samuelson EC,Victor FTA, Tibblin G, Svardsudd KF. Signs of genital prolapse in a Swedish population of women 20 to 59 years of age and possible related factors. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1999;180(2):299-305.|
|2.||Hendrix S, Clark A, Nygaard I, Aragaki A, Barnabei V, McTiernan A. Pelvic organ prolapse in the Women's Health Initiative: gravity and gravidity. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002: 1160-1166.|
|3.||Olsen AL, Smith VJ, Bergstrom JO, Colling JC, Clark AL. Epidemiology of surgically managed pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Obstet Gynecol. 1997;89(4):501-506.|
|4.||Altman D, Väyrynen T, Engh ME, et al. Anterior colporrhaphy versus transvaginal mesh for pelvic-organ prolapse. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(19):1826-1836.|