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About pelvic prolapse

What is prolapse?

"Prolapse" is also called uterine descent and is a condition where the walls of the vagina are weakened, and the wall or cervix therefore "bulges" forward and possibly out of the vagina.

 

Prolapse is very common and up to half of postmenopausal women have signs of it when examined, but significantly fewer have symptoms.

Prolapse is more common the older you are. Other risk factors are previous pregnancies, obesity, heredity, chronic cough, slow stomach and heavy physical work.

 

Symptoms

Many women with prolapse have no symptoms. Among those who have issues, the most common problems are feeling that something is coming out of the vagina, feeling pressure in the lower part of the abdomen and urine incontinence

What should I watch out for?

It can be difficult for some to empty their bladder or bowels, and some will then use a finger in the vagina or support the abdomen with a hand against the vaginal entrance.

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