New Study Finds Prolapse Common in Younger Women

A study by Associate Professor Hans Peter Dietz, Department of Obstetrics andGynaecology, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Australia, titled ‘Prolapse worsens with age, doesn’t it?’, challenges the assumption that female pelvic organ prolapse is common and generally thought to worsen over time. He showed that mild to moderate pelvic organ descent is common in young, child free women.

He investigated the relationship between age and pelvic organ prolapse by analyzing the data of 1110 women (971 datasets remained after removing 139 datasets of women with previous incontinence and prolapse surgery) and analyzed the data looking at the age and pelvic organ descent on examination and ultrasound imaging.

Dietz’s conclusion was that aging does play a complex role in causing pelvic organ prolapse, but his results contradict the epidemiological studies showing age to be a major risk factor for pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic reconstructive surgery.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology  
   Volume 48, Issue 6, Pages 587-591