When diagnosing pelvic prolapse, your doctor first needs to determine the type and severity of the prolapse in order to best recommend a treatment. He may use one or more of the following tests to do so:
Pelvic Exam: This physical test is done to examine the position of the vaginal walls and cervix. Your physician may ask you to strain or bear down to examine the prolapse at its maximum.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP): This type of X-ray allows your doctor to see the size, shape and position of the kidneys, bladder, uterus and urethra. It is performed by injecting a dye into an IV so your doctor has a clear visualization of the area.
Pelvic Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This type of X-ray allows your doctor to evaluate how the pelvic organs relate to one another while straining and relaxing. It is performed by instilling contrast into the rectum and bladder.
Cystoscopy: Using a narrow tube equipped with a tiny camera, your doctor looks inside the urethra and bladder to discover the size, location and extent of prolapsed organs.
Urodynamic Testing: These tests examine the urinary bladder output to determine how the body is storing and emptying urine.
Once all the details have been gathered during diagnosing pelvic prolapse, your doctor works closely with you to create a treatment plan based on your specific medical needs, medical history, lifestyle and treatment preferences.