Prolapse Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

Pelvic organ prolapse might feel uncomfortable or cause complications if it’s left untreated. At Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC, with conveniently located offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the team can diagnose and treat pelvic organ prolapse to give you a better quality of life and relieve symptoms. Schedule an appointment at the New York practice by phone or online to learn more.

Prolapse Q & A

What is prolapse?

Prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse, is a condition in which the muscles or tissues that support your uterus, rectum, bladder, or vagina become loose and weak. This allows pelvic organs to drop into or even out of your vagina, causing discomfort, embarrassment, and a higher risk of complications. Treatment at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC can offer you symptom relief.

What are the symptoms of prolapse?

Common symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse include:

  • A bulge into your vagina
  • Pelvic pressure during sex or exercise
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Pelvic aching or fullness
  • Leaking urine
  • Problems with bowel movements
  • Difficulty inserting tampons
  • Sexual problems

Prolapse symptoms might get worse during certain times of the day, after standing for long periods, or with exercise. At the first sign of pelvic pain, see Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include previous pelvic surgery, giving birth to a large baby, having a vaginal birth, older age, obesity, family history of prolapse, hormone changes during menopause, and chronic constipation with straining during bowel movements.

How does my provider diagnose prolapse?

To diagnose pelvic organ prolapse and develop a treatment plan, your provider reviews your medical history, discusses your symptoms, and completes a comprehensive physical examination, including a pelvic exam.

They might ask you to bear down on or tighten pelvic muscles during your exam, or have you undergo bladder function testing.

What are my prolapse treatment options?

After diagnosing pelvic organ prolapse and determining its type and severity, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC might recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Pelvic floor muscle therapy
  • A removable vaginal device (pessary)
  • Dietary changes
  • Weight loss
  • Treatment for constipation
  • Surgical procedures

The procedures your provider recommends can better support your uterus, bladder, or vagina. They might use tissues from your body or synthetic mesh to repair prolapsed organs. They can even complete surgery through your abdomen or vagina. 

Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms and pain associated with pelvic organ prolapse when simple treatments can give you a better quality of life. Call Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.