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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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Hi, I am 24' I don't have children or have excessive cough. But I do sneeze A LOT! I've noticed a heaviness in my vagina, and have to go to the toilet more frequently than normal. After a lot of research, I checked down there and am pretty sure I have a bladder prolapse. I can feel a round shaped something that has moved down over these 2 years. I went to a female doctor and she said she can't check down there as I am a virgin. I am so worried , its been about a year since I went and am scared everything is going to fall down. I think I didn't explain to the doc properly as I said 'I can feel something in there'. Please give advice I don't know wt to do. To be seen by a urologist or other specialist I have to go back to my doc and I don't know what to do.





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i am 52 yrs old. I had 3 children naturally and I have a bit of a prolapse.my husband and I started to try to find my g spot b using his fingers and to no avail ..haven't yet. is it because of the prolapse? it seems so easy for other women ..thanks





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I have had a doughnut type pessarry inserted for a prolapse which has really helped with my stress incontinence, my husband asked me if this would prevent me from getting pregnant, oops I hadnt asked my GP about that and will have to wait a while for another appointment, can anyone advise me please. Thanks.





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Is it normal to have a strange smell if you have a prolapse?





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I am nearly 35 weeks pregnant with my first child and I believe that I have a vaginal prolapse would this cause problems regarding giving birth?





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Hi, I have a prolapse. Way too embarrassed to even go to the doctors about it. I have heard they make you do stress tests and I cannot bear the embarrassment . So I am 26, two children and I am due my first smear. I know how important it is I go for my smear but I have literally put it off for two years now. I don't know what to do, can they even do a smear with a prolapse and can I get it done my someone that specialises in them as I can't just spring this up on some poor nurse that does regularly smears then gets approached with myself :-( it's making me so sad when i think about it and really is dangerous missing my smear tests but I personally cannot face it, I know I am such a selfish person by not going but I cannot help the way I feel. Affecting my life in so many aspects. Any advice?





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A urogynocologist is who I go to

They specialize with this it's not embarrassing n they can help you prolonge it possible I'm passed that point n have surjery in December for stage 2 tripple prolapse ...but if your embarrassed rest assured you will feel comfortable once your seen ...

I have a prolapse to the front and back wall of my vagina. I am due to go for surgery and my surgeon has said he will use mesh. I have since found out that this is not good and having researched it on the internet it reads like a horror story causing constant pain, erosion and making sex impossible and I understand the mesh has been banned in America. All together I am now terrified about the op and feel I am doomed to no sex life either way. Has anyone got any advice for me?





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My doctor, in the U.S., says he uses a small v-shaped mesh to help secure the bladder. This is much different and problem-free than the full mesh that you see being advertised as dangerous.

I had my second baby 5 weeks ago and had a second degree tear so have been keeping an eye on how things are healing down there. Though the other day I noticed when opening my bits it looks like a vaginal prolapse. I am absolutely petrified to go to the doctor about it. Will it affect sex? What if I want another child? Is the only treatment a hysterectomy? I am only 30 but am overweight.





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I have a prolapse caused by a lot of coughing I'm 34 with 2 children and I'm funding it very uncomfortable, my question is will the prolapse improve when my cough goes or will I need to see my gp about getting referred?





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I had a uterine prolapse after 3d child bungee jumping out. After a spending a month with a premie and on coming home I one day got this horrible feeling down under and Could see my purple uteris peeping out of my vajayjay. Very distressing! My male gynea promptly suggested a hysterectomy - which I was NOT ready for as I was only 30! Boy was I upset and frazzled having nightmares of my sex life going down in flames for the rest of my life! I got a second opinion from a female gynea who did a wonderful job of fixing up my nether regions. My youngest is 9 now, periods still run like clockwork and sex life never been better! I had 2 pregnancies after which ended in early miscarraige before 8weeks, but was assured this was not due to surgery. South Africa. Brilliant doctor! If it does happen to happen again I won't freak out but look very carefully at my options, but so far so good. All the women at my work over 40 who had hysterectomies have frequent bladder infections and vajayjay infections. Wonder if its related to that surgery?





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