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Don't let pelvic pressure from prolapse stop you from living your life.

You deserve to feel like yourself again!

Our fellowship-trained urogynecologists of MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre offer the latest, most effective prolapse treatments. Pelvic organ prolapse relief is a call or click away.

You don't have to live with uncomfortable bulging and pressure from pelvic organ prolapse any longer. Our fellowship-trained specialists offer the latest, most effective minimally invasive treatments for prolapse and pelvic floor disorders. From medication or devices to minimally invasive surgery, we can help you feel like yourself again.

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What is pelvic organ prolapse?

A group of muscles and tissues called the pelvic floor work together to hold up a woman's uterus, bladder, and rectum. When these tissues become weak or damaged, the pelvic organs press down toward the vagina—a condition called pelvic organ prolapse. 

What causes prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse develops for many reasons. Some of the most common risk factors include:

  • Aging
  • Giving birth
  • Having a hysterectomy
  • Hormone changes in menopause
  • Long-term abdominal strain (chronic coughing, constipation, heavy lifting)
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic trauma

Don’t let the pressure stop you from living your best life. Take control and get advanced, compassionate care from the experts of MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre.

What are the symptoms of pelvic prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Bulging in the vagina: You can feel or see tissue pressing into the vagina.
  • Incontinence: Leaking urine or feces.
  • Pelvic pressure: Some women say it feels like sitting on a softball, a sensation ranging from discomfort to pain.
  • Sexual concerns: Patients might feel pain or embarrassment during intercourse. 
  • Isolation: The physical and emotional discomfort cause some patients to avoid social situations. 

You don't have to live with pelvic organ prolapse. If symptoms interfere with your quality of life, talk with an urogynecology expert at our center.

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Treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse.

There are many effective, minimally invasive treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse. The best choice for you depends on your symptoms, age, overall health, and activity level. Our experts will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you. Here are some of the most common treatments we recommend.

This is a removable device you can insert in your vagina to support your pelvic organs. Many patients start with a pessary to control bladder leakage and relieve mild pelvic pressure. The devices come in shapes and sizes for every body type and activity level. 

You might have heard of Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Our physical therapists will teach you how to do them, plus a range of other moves to strengthen the muscles that support your pelvic organs.

Oral medications can help control some forms of bladder leakage. 

We offer several outpatient surgeries to suspend the pelvic organs to a more normal position and repair weak or damaged tissue. Most procedures are done through the vagina—no external incisions or general anesthesia needed. 

Some procedures require tiny incisions in the abdomen, which offer faster, less painful recovery than traditional open surgery. We will help you make the best choice depending on your condition and personal health goals.

Many of the major health insurance plans are accepted. Please contact us for more information.

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Advanced, respectful care from board-certified specialists.

The urogynecology experts at our center are decicated to helping you achieve the quality of life you deserve. You will feel happy, respected, and confident in your care plan.

Our surgeons are a fellowship-trained team and board-certified in the full scope of pelvic prolapse treatments. We meet weekly as a multidisciplinary team to make sure every patient gets the latest and greatest treatment options available.

We are committed to providing the care you need, safely.

Meet the team

Alexis A. Dieter, MD

Robert E. Gutman, MD

Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD

Lee A. Richter, MD

Andrew I. Sokol, MD

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MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1133 21st St. NW,
Washington, DC 20036
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For referring providers

Your patients deserve the best urogynecology care.  Refer your patients to our board-certified team of experts. Our academic medical center offers the most advanced treatments, backed by clinical research. We will partner with you in your patient's care, keeping you informed every step of the way.

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