How common is prolapse?

50% of women who have had children complain of some vaginal prolapse but only 10 to 20% of these women seek medical attention. Over 10% women undergo pelvic floor surgery for the management of genital prolapse and or urinary incontinence. Up to 1/3 of these women will undergo repeat surgery. The incidence of surgery for prolapse seems to increase with age. The peak age group for women undergoing urinary incontinence surgery is the 40-50 year old group. Increasingly we are seeing younger women who are unwilling to “put up with” these problems.

Graph of Incidence