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The pelvic organs including the uterus (womb), bowel and rectum and bladder are held in place by muscles, tissues and ligaments. Prolapse happens when these muscles and ligaments become weakened and as a result the support for the pelvic organs is less. It occurs mainly in women who have had children or chronic lung problems and becomes more common with the onset of the menopause. It is also associated with being overweight.
Treatment will depend on the severity of the prolapse. Mild cases may require pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle changes such as weight loss. More severe cases may require the insertion of a vaginal pessary or ring that helps to keep the prolapsed organ in place. Surgery such as a hysterectomy may eventually be required. If you are concerned that you have a prolapsed womb please attend your GP or your gynaecologist.
There are several options for contraception. They include condoms, the oral contraceptive pill, an intrauterine contraceptive device (for example the Mirena coil) and tubal ligation (where the fallopian tubes are surgically closed). Your choice of contraception depends on your age, medical history and the presence of other gynaecological conditions (such as heavy periods). Your GP will discuss your options with you and provide you with information to help you make the right choice.
Surgical methods of contraception include tubal ligation for women and vasectomy for men. These are permanent and irreversible. There are failure rates with both procedures. We ask all women attending requesting sterilisation that they discuss vasectomy with their partners. This is because tubal ligation for a woman involves a general anaesthetic and surgery while a vasectomy is done under local anaesthetic.
As sexual violence is a crime you should report it to An Garda Síochána. When you report an assault to An Garda Síochána, a guard will contact the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) and a time will be agreed for you to attend for a forensic examination as soon as possible. Ideally the examination should take place within 3 hours of the report. Forensic samples can be taken up to 7 days after an assault but the sooner the better. For legal purposes a member of An Garda Síochána must be present for the examination when the forensic evidence is collected to ensure the chain of evidence is maintained.
Ideally, you should not eat, drink or smoke, have a shower or use the toilet before the examination is carried out, in order to preserve the forensic evidence. If you have any injuries which may need medical treatment you should get these attended to first at your local accident & emergency department before attending SATU. If you are under 18 years of age you must bring a parent or guardian with you, to consent to treatment.