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Vaginal Prolapse

Vaginal prolapse

A vaginal prolapse is when the walls of the vagina become weak and collapse inwards. This can be an extremely distressing disorder, which affects up to 30% of women who have had children, as well as those who are overweight or have a chronic cough. Many women with this condition are often unaware that they have it. However, depending on the severity of the case and whether a woman wants to have children in the future, there are many ways to treat a vaginal prolapse. Women can also take preventative measures against suffering from this disorder, such as eating a high fibre diet, maintaining a healthy weight and performing regular pelvic floor exercises. However if you have any concerns, then you shouldn’t be afraid to visit your GP for a check-up.

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I am 26. I have 6 children, during my last pregnacy I found my self looking at my vagina a lot and I have been horrified sense. It looks like the moderate stages of a vaginal prolaps. I have very little feeling inside my vagina, so it makes sex with my husband difficult. I hade a tuble so I can't get pregnant again, and the exercices I do religiously, my obgyn says everything is fine, but the pictures don't lie and I am totally freaking out. My marriage is on the rocks and whether or not we stay together doesn't matter, I am scared that this will prevent me from being able to enjoy sex at all.





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Hi, i had my baby 3 weeks ago (8lb7oz) and after 13 days of having her i was checking my stitches when i felt a bulge, i panicked, and have been reading on the internet what it might be? I also rang the doctors who said its very early to be a prolapse but to continue with my pelvic floor exercises and they will see me at my 6 week check up if i have any concerns they will have a look. I am only 23 and have been reading horror stories about hysterectomy and allsorts, i am scared! It doesn't hang out and sometimes it is higher up like when i get up in the morning or go for a wee. I have no incontinence problems, i honestly feel like less of a woman! Any advice will be helpful xx





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I can feel something handing it don't feel right I can't fighting tge mussels WHT do I do? It feels very bad LIJE it wants to fall our I am in pain as well I had 7 kids but is don't feel good WHT IAM expermiting can it fall out?

What is the recovery time after surgery for vaginal prolapse?





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I'm 17 and never had sex, I have been to my gp I have a lump on the inside and my GP has told me that's it the tube that connects to my bladder and it's drop but it cause discomfort when in for play and in largesse durin for play it playing a difficult part in my sex life, what should I do??





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Looking at the above pictures I now know for definite that I have a prolapsed vagina Doctors here I come, and this time I will stick to my guns and insist that something be done about it. And to all those ladies with the same problem who have been 'fobbed off' by their GP I suggest you do the same... Jan.





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I'm 14 and I don't know if I have this or not- Iv never had sex (duh) but the labia and skin around my vagina is brow and wrinkly and saggy.I don't experience any discomfort and have had it since I can remember .Im really worried about it-but I haven't seen anyone about it because I'm embarrassed to tell my parents!!Please help me?Thankyou so much!!





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all sounds normal to me. A prolapse is when you can see your insides coming out of the actual vagina hole. The labia comes in all shapes and sizes

Hi, i have been advised by my consultand that i have a severe prolapse and that surgery is the only way to deal with this. It will be done in 3 stages during the op but im still worried and not sure what to expect - can anybody please advsie?





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I have had these symptoms as well for quite some time but only now I feel as off my vaginal and anal walls are collapsing and creating a bearier where I cannot release my bowels..i don't even have insurance and it sounds like we all have the same problem and no one to fix it...has anyone figured out the cure...I heard from my grama not to get the prolapse surgery because it will never keep...always goes back the way it was





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I had a cystercele prolaspe repair operation done at the end of October 2013 the surgeon said everything went well and I should be ok. Now two months later my vagina feels uncomfortable again and I inserted my fingers to find out why and I am sure that the prolaspe has returned. I am so worried could this really be possible after such a short time. I cannot seem to find any answers on line so has any one else suffered this kind of feeling after this surgery and if so how long did the discomfort last for. On the other hand has any one had a prolaspe return so soon after surgery - please help.





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Hi Dawn Have read your report as I scour the Internet looking for answers. I have had two surgeries in this area. \one in August 2012 for a Prolapsed Bladder. This involved a Hysterectomy and a realignment of my bowel and bladder. I made little progress and in August 2013 had the Prolapse Bladder done again. It transpired that the Surgeon had not done the Bladder the first time as doing the other procedures had moved my insides around and it looked ok. However I had to go back and have the mesh put in last August. I will say that for you it is very early days and I think we need much more recovery time that the Surgeons say. I think you will be uncomfortable for a little longer before you see improvement but it does get better. I am still uncomfortable because I have had the 2 ops and I am not sure that mine will be ok but this is a lengthy process to recover from and you must be very careful for sometime to come. Try not to prod!!! This makes you panic as I am sure it is all a bit stitched up in there. Give it a bit more time and post a note if you can to let me know if you feeling better. It will give me heart too!! I have not enjoyed this experience!! Good luck and look after yourself. Joan xx

How look iis the surger? This does not feel right it seems its ready to drop out could it?

I suffer with constipation caused by IBS and noticed my first piece of poo always comes out banana shaped, but didn't think anything of it. After watching your show where the lady said she had to empty herself , it made me think so when next needed a poo I felt just inside my vagina and I could feel it and realised that if i pressed on it it came out quicker and easier, so it is now a regular thing. I also have since noticed by looking in the mirror that when I have emptied my bowl I look like what I can only describe as a tongue sticking out, what do you think I should do?





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hi i have suffered from the same thing recently ad as i looked today i too can only descrie it as a tongue sticking out, i definatley wasnt there before. i have a doctors appointment for a second opinion today and an ultra sound just wondering have you managed to find out anything about yours as to what it could be

Hi Pipa, I have not even mentioned it to the doctor yet, I was posting it on here to see if it was worth going to the doctors with, please let me know how you go on.

Sounds like the same problem as me. I have a small prolapse in my rectum & a small cervical prolapse in my vagina. It only pops out if I have been straining e.g. blowing my nose, straining to get a poo out etc. I haven't had children yet which my doctor said is very unusual (scary). I was told the options are: a blocker thing that is inserted into the vagina but is only for the sexually inactive, change in habits to prevent it getting worse (high fibre diet to allow poos to be softer, lots of liquids, pelvic floor exercises and no more straining), or an operation but I have been told to avoid it until later in life if I want the operation as it is likely to get worse after childbirth. So I have gone for the exercises etc. and it has made things better. I am no longer spending ages on the loo, blowing my nose hard and I am doing pelvic floor exercises everyday. I don't feel like it is an obstruction anymore and it doesn't feel heavy down there any more. So fingers crossed I can stop it from getting any worse.





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