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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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9 times out of 10 white lotion type discharge will cover my boyfriends entire penis when we have sex. It dries out any natural lubrication I have. It actually starts to hurt him because it causes friction inside of my vagina. We have tried many kinds of water based lubricants, and saliva, and it doesn't help, it quickly dries up making the friction worse. I do not feel sexy at all anymore because of this problem. I don't use a douche. I wear cotton underware. I have a slightly stressful job, which I know can contribute to increased discharge but I honestly dont know what else to do. I don't know what could be causing this issue, giving me a starting place to correct it.





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Am 53, I think I have a Prolapse, for about 6 months or so I started feeling little pressing by sides of my pelvic, I have a bartholyn cyst for almost 20 years now which doesn't disturb me. Last 2 months I have something like tear in my anus though am not constipated also I noticed a small lump in my perineal area which does not pain, when I use a mirror to check the lump I noticed a large red bulge inside my vagina and a small hole in the bulge. I have not have sex for almost a year now last month I have a very painful sex as if a knife was cutting through my vagina, next day I noticed a cut in my vagina which has healed. My problem now is the bulge inside my vagina. I don't know if it is vagina prolapse, do I start pelvic exercises? Thank you.





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Good morning I have had a prolapse for quite a while now,and I was fitted with a pessary ring the fitting of the ring was perfect but now I find it comes down and I have to push it back in place, is these normal ? Also I tend to bleed a little I am 64





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I'm 21 I got one child and pregnant again I've been to the doctors about prolapse but I've also a lump on my inner wall up the top with a dimple I think my cervix has dropped I find it hard to poo I don't poo for couple days sometimes get really bad belly and a yellow discharge. Doctor don't seem to be doing anything about it I'm very worried as I'm pregnant again and scared to give birth just in cause something goes wrong can anyone help me who's feeling the same way as I am. Thank you J.m





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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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