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What are the types of pelvic organ prolapse?

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Prolapsed organs that descend into or outside of the vaginal canal or anus have specific names:

  • Cystocele. This is a prolapse of the bladder into the vagina, the most common condition.
  • Urethrocele. This is a prolapse of the urethra (the tube that carries urine).
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Vaginal vault prolapse. This is a prolapse of the vagina
  • Enterocele. This is a small bowel prolapse.
  • Rectocele: This is a rectum prolapse.

From: Pelvic Organ Prolapse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

SOURCES: WebMD Health Guide: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." Magee-Womens Research Institute Center for Research in Women's Bladder & Pelvic Health, Pittsburgh, Pa: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse." National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Research on Gynecological Disorders."  National Association for Continence: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse."



Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 29, 2019

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