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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'm not sure if I have a prolapse. For a year or so it's felt like something is falling from my vagina or at the opening. When I look in a hand mirror I can see bobbly pink insides where it used to be nothing or just the opening. It's like everything has dropped. Can pelvic floor help with this and how do i do? I have had children. It also seems worse when cough, feel like i need to push wee out which pushes it more and is recently making intercourse painful





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Hi I have notice that beside my cervix I have found another hole right next to it I have also noticed that I have a prolapse that bleeds during sex sometimes





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The above comment -Vicky - did you get sorted? Im the same exactly.





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hi, I have been experiencing lots of watery/white discharge recently, when I cough or push as though to pee a lump covers my vaginal opening, It feels slightly sore when I insert my fingers and when I cough with my fingers inserted I can feel the lump pushing against my fingers to push them out, what could this be? The lump is right at the front of my vagina





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Just watching Embarrassing bodies now, and have to comment as Dr Dawn is saying that a prolapse showing cannot be corrected with pelvic floor exercises and is sending for possible op. I beg to differ as I have 4 children, only after the 3rd did I have a prolapse (I think due to a retained placenta, which nurse tried to drag out!) I did not know about pelvic floor until this, even though I'd had leaks before kids and it was a severe prolapse, actually coming out of vagina. Since then, I've done pelvic floor Exercises regularly (every day, both pulses and holds) and now never have a problem, even after another baby, just a slight leak when I get a really bad cough and stomach muscles get fatigued. This needs to be seriously addressed in health care, Pelvic floor is so important, and should be advised as preventative before children, both of my teen daughters now do them and hopefully will never have this problem.





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Thank you for your comment, Becky! I had my third baby 2 years ago and developed an anterior vaginal prolapse while pregnant. It has been totally fine until recently. I have been doing heavy weightlifting at the gym for 2 years with no problems until now. My vagina doesn't look any worse (and is not as bad as the pictures above, but I can see some prolapsed vaginal wall), it just feels full. I have started pelvic floor exercises daily (wasn't doing them before). How long did it take you with the exercises before your prolapse got better? I don't want to stop powerlifting and I also ordered a myofascial release tool that may help with my tight PF muscles. Any advice?

I think it's awesome that you have your own teen girls doing pelvic floor exercise!!! I think if we all would've had that knowledge and had a head start at prevention like that, we probably wouldn't have these problems, or at least not nearly as bad. I wish my own mother would've educated me like that. (All I got was a "sex is dirty and wrong" lecture, and was encouraged to just forget about having a vagina altogether... sigh...) Your girls are lucky to have you :)

Age 61 and for some years now have had leakages so that I now wear a panty liner (just in case) this has got worse lately and I need to go to loo at least 3 times a night. But today I felt 'something coming out' and after feeling and using a hand mirror I discovered a pink ball of flesh protruding from my Virginia so am now sure this is a serious case of 'prolapsed womb'. I have had 3 children and 3 miscarriages then I was 'sterilised' to avoid going through anymore heartache. Our sex life has been non-existent for some months now as I have no confidence and don't feel womanly anymore, not good when hubby is 16 years younger! Is that it for me now then, no more sex!





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Hi im 23 years old and since I had my second daughter 3 years ago ive had this problem with my virgina where it feels bulky and sometimes some pressure down there. When I need to go for a poo I have to put my thumb in my virgina and press and I can feel the poo and will not come out unless i press in my virgina. I have been checked by specialist gynaecologist and even been abroad to get checked I must say I went to india to get treated by nurses who have been trained to deliver babies and they give special massages to retain the womb to its original place and as I was checked she said my womb was turned upside down so I had some massage treatments from her and I have been 40% better from that but I still have a sore Virginia and have lots of discharge and want to know what is wrong with me. I struggle with heavy lifting including my children. Please help





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What you're describing, with having to use your fingers to manually depress the vaginal wall in order to have a bowel movement strongly indicates a Rectocele. (a muscle collapse and prolapse in the back wall) But only a doctor can tell you for sure. Take extra care with avoiding constipation, because straining to go to the bathroom will definitely make your prolapse much much worse. Eat lots of fiber. Drink a LOT of water/juice. Cut back from n caffeine. Softener medication like Colace can also help. Look up information on how to properly do pelvic floor exercises. Many women actually are doing it incorrectly, so they don't get any results. When it's done right, pelvic floor exercises can be effective in making your prolapse much less noticeable. Anyway, good luck!! xo!

I think I have a prolapse Infact I am very sure. Have loss of sensation during sex everything feels loose, my cervix is lower and I am very constipated. I'm mainly scarred that my ex could feel that I was very loose and just chose not to say anything. Also been experiencing bloating. It's knocked my self confidence so much and I am only 19 years old and had no children and it has got me so down and feel like I can't talk to anyone. I've done pelvic exercises and they haven't helped. I just want surgery but I want children in the future.





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When I put my middle finger in my vagina I can feel a grape sized ball with a dimple in the middle, also I have been bleeding after sex. Is this a prolapse?





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The grape sized lump might be your g-spot, if it's on the roof of the vagina and close to the entrance. The bleeding could be problematic though - it would be worth seeing a doctor about that for sure.

When I pull my vagina lips apart I can see a pink shiny ball .It is not protruding out of my vagina and have no problems at all. Is this a prolapse?





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