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Pelvic prolapse occurs when the tissues that support the pelvic organs are damaged. The organs that they support prolapse down and press against the wall of the vagina.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Anterior Wall Prolapse (bladder)
Vaginal Vault Prolapse (vagina and small intestine)
Posterior Wall Prolapse (rectum)
Uterine Prolapse (uterus)
Feeling of pelvic heaviness, fullness, or pressure
Feeling as though something is falling into the vagina
Sense that a "ball" or "lump" is protruding from the vagina
Pain/problems having sexual intercourse
Pulling or aching feeling in the lower abdomen or pelvis
Pain or pressure in your low back
Leakage of urine during sudden movements (jumping, coughing, laughing)
Problems passing urine or having a bowel movement
If you suspect that you may have a prolapse problem, see your health care provider. A simple pelvic examination will diagnose your problem.
Commonly Associated With:
What is Pelvic Prolapse?
The pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum, and intestines) are supported by muscles, ligaments and tissue. The ligaments and tissue may be damaged and not able to support these organs. This can allow the pelvic organs to sag or even stick out through the opening of the vagina in the most severe cases.
The main types of pelvic support problems include:
Cystocele: When the bladder drops into your vagina.
Enterocele: When your small intestine drops into your vagina.
Rectocele: When your rectum bulges into the vaginal wall.
Uterine prolapse: When your uterus drops into your vagina.
Vaginal prolapse: When the top part of the vagina begins to droop (usually after a hysterectomy).
Wearing a pessary device to support the prolapsed organ or organs
Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
Changes in diet
Medicine to soften stool
Avoiding strenuous exercise
In more severe prolapse, surgery may be needed to put the organs back into their proper place.