What is Vagina Prolapse?
It is a common condition where the bladder, uterus and/ or bowel protrudes into the vagina.
What are the causes of vagina prolapse?
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- You are also more likely to have it if:
- someone in your family has also had a prolapse
- you have been through menopause and you have low levels of the hormone oestrogen
- you are over overweight
- you cough a lot or strongly (because you smoke, have bad bronchitis or asthma)
- you often have constipation and need to push hard or strain to go to the toilet
- you regularly lift heavy things (like furniture, older children etc.)
- you have fibroids or a pelvic tumour
- you have had surgery in the past to treat a vaginal prolapse.
How do I know if I have vagina prolapse?
You will experience the following symptoms:
Sense that your vagina is different. It may feel heavy or like it is dragging. This may be more noticeable when you sneeze or cough, have been standing for a long time, have done something very physical such as running or at the end of the day.
See or feel a lump. This can be inside your vagina or poking out of it.
Have achy pain in your pelvic region or back.
Have difficulty going to the toilet. You may need to urinate a lot, have trouble emptying your bladder or bowel, or urinate accidentally.
Have a urinary tract infection (UTI) that often comes back again.
Some women also say they have discomfort, pain or less sensation during sex.
Can physiotherapy help women with vagina prolapse?
Yes. Physiotherapy helps to strengthen the pelvic floor that supports your organs. You may consider physiotherapy, or your doctor may recommend it if you:
have a mild prolapse
have just had a baby
are waiting to have prolapse surgery
have health problems which would make prolapse surgery unsafe for you
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