Vaginal prolapse is a common female condition where one or more of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum or intestines) loses its support and drops into the vagina. A prolapse is a form of hernia and in more advanced cases, the prolapsed organ can visibly protrude from the vagina.
Prolapse occurs when there is a weakness in your pelvic muscles and the supporting tissues. Any number of factors and combinations of factors can cause prolapse including:
Less severe forms of prolapse may only be discovered by a doctor during a vaginal examination and can often occur without any symptoms. Normally, no further treatment is necessary. However, if you have a more severe form of prolapse, you may experience:
The weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and supportive tissues that cause prolapse also cause stress incontinence — which is why the two conditions are often found together. Your doctor may suggest surgery to repair the prolapse and for the stress incontinence at the same time.
Oftentimes, a large prolapse can create a kink the urethra and hide the problem of urinary incontinence. When the prolapse is repaired or pushed back into position with a pessary, urinary incontinence can sometimes reveal itself.
If incontinence is persistent or still a concern, it can easily be managed with the Depend® or Poise® range of incontinence products.
Less severe forms of prolapse may not require any treatment. Your doctor may adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach and suggest some ongoing Kegel exercises to keep your pelvic floor tight. More advanced prolapses can be treated non-surgically with a vaginal pessary — a small plastic device inserted into your vagina to support any prolapsed muscle or tissue and reposition it correctly. If incontinence is persistent or still a concern, it can easily be managed with the Depend® or Poise® range of incontinence products.
Your best treatment option is dependent upon a thorough evaluation of the prolapse by your doctor and consideration of multiple factors including:
Doctors and medical experts believe some of the following measures might help prevent your prolapse from getting any worse and may help prevent any recurrence of prolapse after surgical treatment:
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