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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Kegel Exercises: You can decrease this sensation by doing 30-50 pelvic squeezes or "kegels" per day to increase your pelvic muscle tone. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How do I know for sure that I have vaginal wall organ prolapse with rectocel as I suspect I have?
Is there really a difference between saggy vaginal wall and prolapse? Can you have sagging WITHOUT prolapse?
Degrees: Saggy is a slang term. Prolapse is a medical term. Likely both are describing the same thing. Certainly different degrees of prolapse exist. An obgyn can do an exam to determine the degree of prelate present. That along with your symptoms would guide whether or not treatment was indicated. ...Read more
Is vaginal relaxation syndrome a real thing by itself or is this actually meaning you have prolapse? Can you have VSR without a prolapse?
Yes: Vaginal relaxation syndrome refers to loosing of the vaginal skin and walls; usually due to child birth, genetics or decreased estrogen during menopause. Frequently it is seen in combination with prolapse because the weakened skin is further aggravated by the weight of the pelvic organs. ...Read more
I have some vaginal and cervical prolapse, I have never had a prolapse examination. I'm 30 years old.
Can you please give me some info about the exa?
Prolapse: The problem that causes urinary bladder prolapse is a weakness of the musculature of the pelvic floor usually caused by trauma from vaginal deliveries and in the worst case the bladder protrudes outside of the vagina. Technically the vaginal walls aren't the main problem in bladder prolapse. Urologists and gynecologists can better advise you. ...Read more
Would be RARE: so probably this is not what you're dealing with. Please see someone for an examination ...Read more
Treatment: While treatment is possible, cure is not unfortunately. Some patients may get relief of mild prolapse symptoms with pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) and/or pelvic floor physical therapy, however, this generally does not cure the prolapse. A small flexible vaginal insert called a pessary can also be used to treat symptoms, but does not cure the prolapse. Surgery is currently the only cure. ...Read more
Pessery: A placement in vagina of this device can help. ...Read more