This is a condition whereby due to weakening of the pelvic muscles and ligaments, the pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder and/or the rectum bulge into the vagina. Sometimes the bulge can be severe enough to protrude outside the vagina.
While vaginal prolapse may not cause symptoms, it may cause problems such as:
- Discomfort due to the vaginal bulge
- Feeling of heaviness or dragging sensation
- Urinary symptoms like frequency, inability to empty bladder completely, recurrent water infections, loss of bladder control etc.
- Bowel symptoms like inability to empty completely, need to push the bulge vaginally to empty the bowel etc.
- Problems with intercourse
Treatment options include physiotherapy to strengthen the weakened muscles and ligaments, the use of vaginal pessaries (to support the vaginal walls) and surgical correction of the prolapse.
Wiltshire Gynaecology Services work very closely with the Women’s Health Physiotherapists in providing supervised pelvic floor exercises, whether you choose to have non-surgical or surgical treatment option.