Gynecologic Health

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

What is the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse?

Dr. William Rush explains the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

It’s estimated that 24 percent of American women have a form of pelvic organ prolapse, according to the National Women’s Health Resource CenterOff Site Icon.

Pelvic organ prolapse is fairly common, occurring more often after child birthing years and in advanced age, according to the American Urogynecologic SocietyOff Site Icon. The stress and pressure of childbirth can sometimes lead to the development of pelvic organ prolapse, according to the AUGS.

One in three women who have given birth to one child or more are affected by pelvic organ prolapse, according to the International Urogynecological AssociationOff Site Icon. The condition can occur during pregnancy or take years to develop, according to the IUGA. Pelvic organ prolapse is also found in older women of postmenopausal age, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon. A Women’s Health Initiative study found a 41 percent prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse in women over 60 who had not had a hysterectomy, according to the AAFP.

Talk to your doctor about the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse.

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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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