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Depends: The appearance of the vagina will vary on many factors such as age, hormonal status, number of pregnancies, number of vaginal deliveries, previous surgeries, previous tears from deliveries. What you are seeing could be a sign of prolapse or it could be perfectly normal. An Obgyn should be able to do an exam and provide insight.
Vaginal Tissue: Vaginal tissue can become lax over time, especially with child bearing. This could cause redundancy of tissue. Get medically checked for more accurate assessment.
Multifactorial: Multiple factors that can cause prolapse. Most women have one or more: number of pregnancies/ vaginal deliveries, weight of baby at birth, large tears at delivery, family history, smoking, obesity, diabetes, chronic coughing/sneezing/heavy lifting, connective tissue disorders.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Vaginal prolapse is a type of hernia that results in the feeling of a bulge coming out of the vaginal area. It can be associated with childbirth, obesity, smoking, chronic constipation, and chronic heavy lifting. Your doctor can do a pelvic exam to see if you have this, but most often women know they have it when they feel or see a bulge in the vaginal area.See 2 more doctor answers
Vaginal issues: The most common symptoms are vaginal pressure and bulging tissue at the vaginal opening. These tend to worsen late in the day. Associated symptoms might be urinary incontinence, difficulty emptying the bladder completely, having to insert fingers into the vagina to help with a bowel movement, or complaints from a sexual partner that there seems to be something in the vagina during intercourse.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes. . . but: Mild prolapse after one child is best corrected by conservative methods such as pelvic floor muscle strengthening with or without physical therapy. Surgery is best reserved for more severe prolapse and is ideally done after your childbearing is completed.
Multiple Reasons: Vaginal prolapse is a type of hernia. Factors associated with prolapse are childbirth (especially with tears), obesity, chronic constipation, a history of a hysterectomy, and smoking. Genetics (family) also seems to have a part in causing vaginal prolapse, but how much is not known. These are just a few that have been identified; research continues to find out more reasons.See 1 more doctor answer
Pelvic muscles: Although prolapse might not be reduced by increasing vaginal/pelvic muscle strength, you may be able to limit its progression. The most important time to "squeeze" is before you cough or sneeze as the force will be distributed across the muscles and not directly to your weak spots where things are prolapsing.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Dryness has no effect on prolapseGet a more detailed answer ›
Prolapse: The vagina moves lower and occasionally, outside of the external genitalia. Look at it as if a bag is caving on itself.
Kegel Exercises: You can decrease this sensation by doing 30-50 pelvic squeezes or "kegels" per day to increase your pelvic muscle tone.See 2 more doctor answers
No and Yes: No vaginal dryness is not a primary symptom of uterine prolapse as the descent of the uterus most be noted and documented by a M by exam. Yes, second and especially third degree prolapse often is associated as a secondary factor with vaginal dryness as the uterus is almost at the vaginal opening or outside it and air does get into the vagina during physical or strenuous activity.