Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What are the risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. William Rush explains the risk factors involved with pelvic organ prolapse. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Many factors, including age and obesity, may put a woman at risk for developing pelvic organ prolapse, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon. Menopause, pregnancy, hysterectomies and previous prolapse surgeries may also be contributing factors, according to AAFP.

According to the Mayo Clinic [Add off-site icon with alt tag: You are leaving the Premier Health website, link to in a new window], other risk factors include:

  • Chronic coughing
  • Ethnicity (white or Hispanic)
  • Frequent heavy lifting
  • Frequent straining during bowel movements
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Giving birth to a large baby
  • Vaginal birth

Ask your doctor about risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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