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A 49-year-old member asked:

could a virgin have vaginal prolapse?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mary Denman
Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: Yes; there are many causes of vaginal prolapse, not all of which require childbirth or sexual activity. Vaginal prolapse is a type of hernia; so if you do things like heavy lifting (>40lbs) regularly, or have significant constipation, the support of the vaginal structures can be affected.
Dr. Amit Patel
Urogynecology 22 years experience
Very unlikely: Prolapse can occur for a number of different reasons -- even if you are a virgin, but it is highly unlikely. If you think you are having symptoms of prolapse, you should be evaluated by a urogynecologist or a gynecologist.
Dr. Robert Harris
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Although vaginal childbirth is a big risk factor for prolapse, there are other risk factors such as chronic straining from constipation, chronic coughing, or heavy work or anything that increases intra-abdominal pressure. There may be genetic predisposition also.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do you fix vaginal prolapse?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Surgically: Vaginal prolapse that doesn't respond to conservative treatment can be treated surgically. The approach can be through the abdomen , through the vagina, or a combination of both. Repair can be with or without mesh products. The surgery should be tailored to your specific problem(s) depending on your symptoms and examination findings.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do surgeons fix a vaginal prolapse?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Surgically: Vaginal prolapse that doesn't respond to conservative treatment can be treated surgically. The approach can be through the abdomen , through the vagina, or a combination of both. Repair can be with or without mesh products. The surgery should be tailored to your specific problem(s) depending on your symptoms and examination findings.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How exactly does a doctor go in and fix vaginal prolapse?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Several options: Depending on your age, you may want to consider just a pessary to "hold everything in." most procedures for prolapse are now done abdominally and/or with minimally invasive procedures. The procedures involve attaching the pelvic fascia, the tissue on the inside to structures inside your abdomen, such as cooper's ligament or the sacrum.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How common is vaginal prolapse?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Henry Garcia
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Vaginal prolapse: The incidence of symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse is about 8 %. There is an 11-19% lifetime risk of surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes vaginal prolapse?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Doucette
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Childbirth: Vaginal prolapse is due to relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. Although some studies have found up to 25% of female college athletes have stress incontinence, a common symptom of pelvic relaxation, the most common cause of pelvic floor muscle relaxation is pregnancy and especially childbirth.

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