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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 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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Hi I'm 17 and have recently started exploring my bits and l am really worried there is quite a big lump just inside my vagina going up its on the vaginal wall facing towards my bum, it's not coming out of my vagina though. And it dose not hurt when I touch it but it is really worrying and l just don't understand what It could be. Please help i know it could be nothing but it could be really bad





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Hi, I'm 55yrs old and had a hysterectomy at 36 for endometriosis. i stopped hrt 5 yrs ago and now appear to have a slight vaginal wall prolapse which doesnt bulge out fully but causes discomfort during sex and frequent uti's. what non surgical measures can i use to alleviate problem if possible?





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Hi, I'm 18. Got to say it how it is but its slightly embaressing! I've got long bits on my vagina, and it's slightly umcomfortable, I need help and advice asap? Its getting me so down as people keep calling me, slowly getting the confidence to ask about it.





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Hi, I am a 53yr old mother who has 4 children and in the last 2/3 years I have been having problems down below. The feeling I get feels like everything just wants to fall out from inside and, at times makes the area around my tummy hurt like its stretching and pulling and can be quite tender expecially round the clitarus area. I live abroad and find it very hard to communicate with the doctor. I've not let my poor husband come near me, infact, for the last 2 years he's slept in another room. Please advice what it is and can it be sorted. Personally I'd like it all taken away.





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Hi I am 34 weeks pregnant this is my 3rd child and I have a prolapse it is getting worse the bigger I'm getting I'm a big girl anyway witch doesn't help. I'm worried about birth will I be able to have a normal birth? Will baby be ok? Will I be ok? My Dr isn't very helpfull and was wondering if anyone had any advise please.





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I'm 38, and have been told by my doctor I have a prolapse, I feel very embarrassed to scared to say something to my partner, can pelvic floor exercise get rid of it, my partner wants another baby, can I have one, very sad.





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Recently when I was going to the bathroom (1), after I had finished, I had noticed a discharge. I knew that this was normal and it wasn't irregular, but I have noticed that at my entrance it isn't just an opening, but there are loose bits of skin and one bit which is maybe half an inch long tends to pop out and has no feeling if you pinch or squeeze it. I am 16, never had sex, but I am overweight. I have been losing weight over the past 10 months (almost 50 pounds)and I read that prolapse can be caused by obesity. Could I get this because Ive lost weight and there's something that's not holding up anymore but I'm still big? I also do infrequent pelvic floor exercises. And it doesn't hurt when I urinate or anything. I haven't had a look because I'm a little too frightened.





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I have a vaginal prolapse of both front and back walls, I'm waiting to see a gyno but worrying about the op and recovery time. I've also got to see a different specialist about the skin tag on anus and internal piles, this would be a separate op. Any ideas on recovery time and which to do first?





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