Vaginal prolapse

A prolapse is when the an organ moves and bulges out of the vagina.

Types of prolapse

  • Womb prolapse (uterine prolapse)

  • Bladder prolapse

  • Bowel prolapse

  • Top of vagina prolapse

Symptoms

  • Heaviness and feeling uncomfortable in your vagina

  • Feeling a bulge coming out of your vagina

  • Pain during sex

  • Problems urinating

  • Incontinence

 

Causes

A prolapse usually happens due to a weakened pelvic floor as the pelvic muscles support the organs and hold them in place. They can become weakened from pregnancy, childbirth, being overweight, frequent straining and age.

Treatment

If the prolapse is mild you may benefit from pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle changes such as loosing weight.

You could also be treated with a vaginal pessary to give support to the prolapsing organs. 

Surgical treatment with a Gynaecologist Consultant for prolapse can involve surgically supporting the organs in place or a hysterectomy.